Where Is My Tax Refund?

by Tim on February 7, 2012

If you’ve filed your taxes already and you’re expecting a tax return this year, you’re probably asking, “where is my refund?”  Unfortunately, the IRS doesn’t instantaneously wire your tax refund to you, even if you e-filed using the free 2012 Turbo Tax option.  The good news is that if you e-file, you can get your return in as little as 8 days – more on that in a second.

For those of you who e-filed this year, you can check your refund status with this tool from the IRS.  It’s pretty quick and gives you an estimation of when you can expect to see your tax refund.

Of course I know you already realize that getting a refund from the government isn’t the best use of our tax dollars.  It’s a 0% return on your money!  If you’re tired of lending the government your money, make sure you adjust your withholdings with your HR office.  Use this handy IRA withholding calculator to get an idea of what you should have withheld from your paychecks.Refund Status

Be smart with your tax return!

If you’re getting a tax refund this year, put it to good use!  Try to pay down some debt or invest it and make your money work for you.

If you want to use your tax return to start an investment account, you can open an account at Betterment and get a $25 bonus.  You can read our Betterment review here if you want to see how easy it is to get started with investing.

 

IRS efile Tax Refund Cycle Chart

Here is a detailed view on when you can expect to see your tax refund.

If this article and chart is helpful, hit the +1 to the right!

 

Tax Return Transmission and

IRS Acceptance Dates


Tax Refund Direct Bank Deposit by IRS
Deposit Date
Tax Refund Paper Check by IRS
Mail Date
Jan 17 and Jan 18, 2012 (by 11am) Jan 25, 2012 Jan 27, 2012
Jan 19 and Jan 25, 2012 (by 11am) Feb 1, 2012 Feb 3, 2012
Jan 26 and Feb 1, 2012 (by 11am) Feb 8, 2012 Feb 10, 2012
Feb 2 and Feb 8, 2012 (by 11am) Feb 15, 2012 Feb 17, 2012
Feb 9 and Feb 15, 2012 (by 11am) Feb 22, 2012 Feb 24, 2012
Feb 16 and Feb 22, 2012 (by 11am) Feb 29, 2012 Mar 2, 2012
Feb 23 and Feb 29, 2012 (by 11am) Mar 7, 2012 Mar 9, 2012
Mar 1 and Mar 7, 2012 (by 11am) Mar 14, 2012 Mar 16, 2012
Mar 8 and Mar 14, 2012 (by 11am) Mar 21, 2012 Mar 23, 2012
Mar 15 and Mar 21, 2012 (by 11am) Mar 28, 2012 Mar 30, 2012
Mar 22 and Mar 28, 2012 (by 11am) Apr 4, 2012 Apr 6, 2012
Mar 29 and Apr 4, 2012 (by 11am) Apr 11, 2012 Apr 13, 2012
Apr 5 and Apr 11, 2012 (by 11am) Apr 18, 2012 Apr 20, 2012
Apr 12 and Apr 18, 2012 (by 11am) Apr 25, 2012 Apr 27, 2012
Apr 19 and Apr 25, 2012 (by 11am) May 2, 2012 May 4, 2012
Apr 26 and May 2, 2012 (by 11am) May 9, 2012 May 11, 2012
May 3 and May 9, 2012 (by 11am) May 16, 2012 May 18, 2012
May 10 and May 16, 2012 (by 11am) May 23, 2012 May 25, 2012
May 17 and May 23, 2012 (by 11am) May 30, 2012 Jun 1, 2012
May 24 and May 30, 2012 (by 11am) Jun 6, 2012 Jun 8, 2012
May 31 and Jun 6, 2012 (by 11am) Jun 13, 2012 Jun 15, 2012
Jun 7 and Jun 13, 2012 (by 11am) Jun 20, 2012 Jun 22, 2012
Jun 14 and Jun 20, 2012 (by 11am) Jun 27, 2012 Jun 29, 2012
Jun 21 and Jun 27, 2012 (by 11am) Jul 4, 2012 Jul 6, 2012
Jun 28 and Jul 4, 2012 (by 11am) Jul 11, 2012 Jul 13, 2012
Jul 5 and Jul 11, 2012 (by 11am) Jul 18, 2012 Jul 20, 2012
Jul 12 and Jul 18, 2012 (by 11am) Jul 25, 2012 Jul 27, 2012
Jul 19 and Jul 25, 2012 (by 11am) Aug 1, 2012 Aug 3, 2012
Jul 26 and Aug 1, 2012 (by 11am) Aug 8, 2012 Aug 10, 2012
Aug 2 and Aug 8, 2012 (by 11am) Aug 15, 2012 Aug 17, 2012
Aug 9 and Aug 15 , 2012 (by 11am) Aug 22, 2012 Aug 24, 2012
Aug 16 and Aug 22, 2012 (by 11am) Aug 29, 2012 Aug 31, 2012
Aug 23 and Aug 29, 2012 (by 11am) Sep 5, 2012 Sep 7, 2012
Aug 30 and Sep 5, 2012 (by 11am) Sep 12, 2012 Sep 14, 2012
Sep 6 and Sep 12, 2012 (by 11am) Sep 19, 2012 Sep 21, 2012
Sep 13 and Sep 19, 2012 (by 11am) Sep 26, 2012 Sep 28, 2012
Sep 20 and Sep 26, 2012 (by 11am) Oct 3, 2012 Oct 5, 2012
Sep 27 and Oct 3, 2012 (by 11am) Oct 10, 2012 Oct 12, 2012
Oct 4 and Oct 10, 2012 (by 11am) Oct 17, 2012 Oct 19, 2012
Oct 11 and Oct 17, 2012 (by 11am) Oct 24, 2012 Oct 26, 2012
Oct 18 and Oct 24, 2012 (by 11am) Oct 31, 2012 Nov 2, 2012
Oct 25 and Oct 31, 2012 (by 11am) Nov 7, 2012 Nov 9, 2012
Nov 1 and Nov 7, 2012 (by 11am) Nov 14, 2012 Nov 16, 2012
Nov 8 and Nov 14, 2012 (by 11am) Nov 21, 2012 Nov 23, 2012
Nov 15 and Nov 21, 2012 (by 11am) Nov 28, 2012 Nov 30, 2012
Nov 22 and Nov 28, 2012 (by 11am) Dec 5, 2012 Dec 7, 2012
Nov 29 and Dec 5, 2012 (by 11am) Dec 12, 2012 Dec 14, 2012
Dec 6 and Dec 12, 2012 (by 11am) Dec 19, 2012 Dec 21, 2012
Dec 13 and Dec 19, 2012 (by 11am) Dec 27, 2012 Dec 31, 2012
Dec 20 and Dec 26, 2012 (by 11am) Jan 3, 2013 Jan 7, 2013

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