Refund Cycle Chart
The IRS has quit publishing the popular Refund Cycle Chart. So there won’t be a 2013 IRS e-file refund cycle chart.
The IRS works hard to issue refunds as quickly as possible, but some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:
- includes errors
- is incomplete
- needs further review
- is impacted by identity theft or fraud
- includes Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation which could take up to 14 weeks to process
Most properly completed tax refunds are issued within 21 days if no problems, like those listed above, are triggered. Some as fast as under 10 days.
The IRS wants to remind you to use caution and don’t count on getting your refund by a certain date to make major purchases or pay other financial obligations. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, it’s possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.
While the refund cycle chart has been retired you can use the new and improved “Where’s My Refund?” service to track your refund.
Please be patient, the IRS only updates their system once a day, usually overnight. The IRS call center and the Where’s My Refund system was recently overwhelmed with the large amount of people checking on their refunds several times a day.