2015 IRS Tax Refund Schedule (2014 Tax Year)

When it comes to filing a tax return, there are a few questions that people care about more than any other – how much am I paying on taxes, how much will I get back in my tax refund, and when will I receive it? Everything else, the say, is just details.

There is no quick and easy answer to the first two questions, but we can give you a rough idea of when you will receive your tax refund, but only if you file your federal taxes electronically using a software program or with the IRS E-File. Expect longer delays if you file your return on paper, because it takes longer for the IRS to process your paperwork. The tax refund chart below offers more information on when to expect tax refunds.

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IRS E-File Schedule for Check Refunds and Direct Deposits

where's my refund - IRS refund schedule

When you receive your refund depends on how and when you file.

The following tax refund table is based on previous refund tables released by the IRS to help tax payers know when they should receive their tax refund. Due to changes in the IRS auditing system, they no longer release a full schedule as they did in previous years. The following chart is based on estimates from past years.





To use the refund chart:

  • Use the left hand column to look up the date your tax refund was accepted
  • Use the middle or right column to look up when you should receive your refund (depending on how you requested your refund – direct deposit or paper check).

If you filed your taxes with E-File, you should receive a confirmation that your tax return was accepted by the IRS. This date will go in the left column. If you didn’t file your taxes electronically, then this chart may not be useful for you for two reasons: you won’t have a confirmation date regarding when your tax return was accepted, and paper tax returns are manually entered by IRS employees, so the process takes longer.

You will also note that this chart covers dates beyond the traditional filing date. If you file after April 15, 2014, then you should file a tax extension request. It’s simple, and can potentially save you a lot of money in penalties. Note: Some military members may be eligible for additional tax deadline extensions if they were deployed or served overseas during the tax year.

Tax Return Accepted By IRS before 11:00 am between… Direct Deposit Sent* Paper Check Mailed*
Jan 20, 2015 (first day IRA accepts returns) and Jan 30, 2015 Feb 4, 2015 Feb 6, 2015
Jan 30 and Feb 06, 2015 Feb 11, 2015 Feb 13, 2015
Feb 7 and Feb 13, 2015 Feb 18, 2015 Feb 20, 2015
Feb 14 and Feb 20, 2015 Feb 25, 2015 Feb 27 , 2015
Feb 21 and Feb 27, 2015 Mar 4, 2015 Mar 6, 2015
Feb 28 and Mar 06, 2015 Mar 11, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Mar 07 and Mar 13, 2015 Mar 18, 2015 Mar 20, 2015
Mar 14 and Mar 20, 2015 Mar 25, 2015 Mar 27, 2015
Mar 21 and Mar 27, 2015 Apr 1, 2015 Apr 3, 2015
Mar 28 and Apr 03, 2015 Apr 8, 2015 Apr 10, 2015
Apr 04 and Apr 10, 2015 Apr 15, 2015 Apr 17, 2015
Apr 11 and Apr 17, 2015 Apr 22, 2015 Apr 24, 2015
Apr 18 and Apr 24, 2015 Apr 29, 2015 May 1, 2015
Apr 25 and May 01, 2015 May 6, 2015 May 8, 2015
May 02 and May08, 2015 May 13, 2015 May 15, 2015
May 09 and May 15, 2015 May 20, 2015 May 22, 2015
May 16 and May 22, 2015 May 27, 2015 May 29, 2015
May 23 and May 29, 2015 Jun 3, 2015 Jun 5, 2015
May 30 and Jun 05, 2015 Jun 10, 2015 Jun 12, 2015
Jun 06 and Jun 12, 2015 Jun 17, 2015 Jun 19, 2015
Jun 13 and Jun 19, 2015 Jun 24, 2015 Jun 26, 2015
Jun 20 and Jun 26, 2015 Jul 1, 2015 Jul 3, 2015
Jun 27 and Jul 03, 2015 Jul 8, 2015 Jul 10, 2015
Jul 04 and Jul 10, 2015 Jul 15, 2015 Jul 17, 2015
Jul 11 and Jul 17, 2015 Jul 22, 2015 Jul 24, 2015
Jul 18 and Jul 24, 2015 Jul 29, 2015 Jul 31, 2015
Jul 25 and Jul 31, 2015 Aug 5, 2015 Aug 7, 2015
Aug 01 and Aug 07, 2015 Aug 12, 2015 Aug 14, 2015
Aug 08 and Aug 14, 2015 Aug 19, 2015 Aug 21, 2015
Aug 15 and Aug 21, 2015 Aug 26, 2015 Aug 28, 2015
Aug 22 and Aug 28, 2015 Sep 2, 2015 Sep 4, 2015
Aug 29 and Sep 04, 2015 Sep 9, 2015 Sep 11, 2015
Sep 05 and Sep 11, 2015 Sep 16, 2015 Sep 18, 2015
Sep 12 and Sep 18, 2015 Sep 23, 2015 Sep 25, 2015
Sep 19 and Sep 25, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Oct 2, 2015
Sep 26 and Oct 02, 2015 Oct 7, 2015 Oct 9, 2015
Oct 03 and Oct 09, 2015 Oct 14, 2015 Oct 16, 2015
Oct 10 and Oct 16, 2015 Oct 21, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

*Note: Again, these are estimated dates based on previous tax refund schedules released by the IRS. The IRS no longer publishes these tax refund charts, due to their auditing process.




Keep in mind it may take a few days for your financial institution to make your deposit available to you, or it may take several days for the check to arrive in the mail. Keep this in mind when planning to use your tax refund. The IRS states to allow for 5 additional days for the funds to become available to you. In almost all cases a direct deposit will get you your tax refund more quickly than 5 days, and in some cases will be available immediately.

How Should You Request to Receive Your Refund?

The IRS gives you three options for receiving your refund. You can choose to receive your refund in a direct deposit (you can split your refund and have it sent to up to three banks), you can have a paper check sent to your home, or you can choose to buy US Savings Bonds with your tax refund. You can also apply a refund to any future taxes owed. This is a popular choice among some small business owners who are required to pay estimated taxes. Of the three refund options available to you, the Direct Deposit option is the fastest and safest option.

*Note: Some tax software companies also offer the option of receiving a tax refund on a prepaid debit card. I’m not particularly fond of this option, but it is available to some tax filers. In this case, the refund is first sent to the tax preparation company, then they issue you the prepaid debit card.

Tax Refund Schedule for Extensions and Amended Tax Returns

The refund schedule should be the same if you filed for a tax extension, however, there is no official schedule for tax refunds for amended tax returns. The above list only includes dates for e-filing an original tax return. Amended tax returns are processed manually, and often take 8-12 weeks to process. If you do not receive an amended tax return refund within 8 weeks after you file it, then you should contact the IRS to check on the status.

How to Check the Status of Your Tax Return

You should be able to check the status of your tax refund roughly 72 hours after your receive confirmation form the IRS that they have received your tax refund via E-File. You will need to wait at least 3 weeks if you mailed in your tax return. The best way to check the status of your federal tax refund is to visit the Where’s My Refund page at the IRS website, or, call 1-800-829-1954, or 1-800-829-4477, or 1-800-829-1040 and inquire about your tax return status with an IRS a customer service representative. Note that the IRS only updates tax return statuses once a week, on Wednesdays.

Get a Larger Tax Refund Next Year

If you want a bigger tax refund next year, then there are a few ways you can increase the amount of money the government will give you as a tax refund. One of the easiest ways is by contributing to a tax-deferred retirement plan such as a 401k, the Thrift Savings Plan, or by opening a Traditional IRA, which allows you to deduct up to an additional $5,500 on your taxes each year (up to $6,500 if you are age 50 or older). You can open an IRA in a variety of locations, including banks, brokerage firms, independent advisors, and more.

Update: IRS Announces Some Tax Refunds Will Be Late

The IRS recently upgraded their computer systems to prevent tax refund fraud. This may affect people who filed early in the year. Find out if your tax refund will be late.


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Date published: January 15, 2015.

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Comments

  1. My status is the same thing I’m getting worried

  2. don’t be worried! my status says it’s pending, but I was emailed that it’s been accepted on the 20th. :)

  3. Erin when did you file … I did mine on the 17th and still have not received an email confirming they even got it.

  4. Mine still says processing. I did it on the 17th, got accepted on the 20th, but still on processing status. Who knows when they start sending them out???

  5. So when they say 21 days it actually means it takes 21 days? Or could they approve it and send it sooner? Thanks a lot

  6. CHRISTINA says:

    I FILED ON THE 20TH, WAS ACCEPTED THAT DAY, I RECIEVED MY STATE REFUND IN THREE DAYS. FEDERAL SHOW ACCEPTED JUST WONDERING HOW LONG I HAVE TO WAIT FOR IT

  7. Follow the links in the post. It states that due to IRS system wide updates, anyone who filed prior to 1/26 will be delayed and can expect their return around 2/11. Regardless of software or method of efile.

  8. My taxes were accepted on the 14th and ithe is still in process

  9. Patricia Lamp says:

    Well filing early has its down side. Last year I filed my son in laws taxes aroud feb 1st. I did my taxes a week earlier, he received his refund s week before me. If you file early they scrutinize your taxes and look over more thoroughly due to fraud. A friend of mine works for irs and she explained this to me.

  10. Patricia Lamp says:

    The refund site is crap also. I got my refund last year few days before it updated and it was a monday it updated on the wheres my refund tool. Stick with whomever you filed taxes with they are more reliable for updates

  11. The link that says there will be delays is from 2012. I filed on the 17th and on the 22nd it said processing but hasn’t moved yet. Does that mean there is a problem with my return? H&R block sent me and email saying that the irs approved my return so I’m confused. Any advice?

  12. Alexandria says:

    I filed my return on the 14the, IRS accepted my return on the 15th,I been checking everyday for a approval date an still no luck can u please tell me ways going on wit the system

  13. I filed on the 25th, accepted on the 26th, pending approval.

  14. Checked this morning and it says my refund will be there 1/30/15

  15. Christy when did you file your taxes? I filed on 1/15/2015, accepted on 1/22/15 and haven’t received a deposit date..

  16. Me and my sister have ddd for jan 30th

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I filed my taxes and they recieved mine on January 13. It sat like that until today. Today is now says accepted and DDD of 1/301/15

  18. I filled on the 22nd . No changes to my return. My brother filled the 21st and was accepted and approved this morning. Any chance that mine will be approved this week?

  19. I check today on the IRS and it FINALLY moved from processing to accepted and said it is now scheduled for the 30th (two days from now) an I filed on the 20th. Hope this helps…

  20. Refund Status Results

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    Return Received

    Refund Approved

    Refund Sent

    Refund Approved.

    Your tax refund is scheduled to be sent to your bank by January 30, 2015.
    If your refund is not credited to your account by February 4, 2015, check with your bank to see if it has been received.

  21. I filed on the 13th and it was Accepted on the 15th, today I checked scheduled for DDD 1/30/15. If not in the bank by Feb 4th check with your bank.

  22. I filed on the 26th when should I expect my refund??? All it says is that the irs recieved my taxes!

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