Tax Season 2016 Refund Cycle Chart

History tends to repeat itself.

We get it. To avoid false promises and tied up phone lines, the IRS stopped posting a refund cycle chart in 2012. Although the IRS won’t post a refund cycle chart anymore, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do a bit of research to estimate the dates that our refunds will arrive in our bank accounts.

Whether you want to book a getaway with that special someone (…or your buddies), need to pay those bills that are piling up, or just have a firm grasp on your finances, knowing when you’ll be receiving such a large chunk of money is important. That’s why our team at Rapidtax has put together a 2016 refund cycle chart for you based on prior year trends.

2016 Refund Cycle Chart Rapid UPDATED 1.7.2016

Is there another way to check a tax return status after filing?

Yes. There is an alternative that can give you a bit more accuracy. The IRS provides taxpayers with the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on their website. Upon filing your tax return for the current year, you can check back to the site for a status update. In order to take advantage of this, you’ll need the following information:

  • your social security number
  • your filing status
  • your expected refund amount

One of the few downsides of this tool is that you can only check the status of your most current year filed tax return. So if you were playing catch-up this year and filed your returns dating back from 2011, you’ll only be able to check the status of the most recent year that you filed.

Prepare your return online and get your refund ASAP.

At Rapidtax, we know that getting your refund as fast as you can say “TRIP TO TAHITI” is important. That’s why we offer the best customer support with our team of tax pros ready to assist you while you prepare your return online.The official start of the tax season is January 19th but you’ll be able to create an account with us before then and contact our team with any tax questions you have.


37 Replies to “Tax Season 2016 Refund Cycle Chart”

  1. My return was accepted on January 12, 2017. I did receive the EIC so does that mean I will not get my refund until after February 25?

    1. Hi Angela,

      According to the IRS, they are now required to hold refunds from returns that claim the EIC until February 15th, at least. However, they are warning taxpayers that it may be delayed further due to the Presidents’ Day long weekend; saying that those people may not receive their money until February 27th.

  2. Filed electronically April 12th. To this date it still shows as processing. What number do I call to find out what is going on?

  3. I got accepted on February 6 with the irs and each day has been a red box processing and now 2days ago no red box just says still processing and date will be there when available and tomorrow will be 3 weeks since accepted it has. Never been this long any year and I haven’t gotten any calls or letters so what us?

    1. Hi Lonnie,

      The Where’s my Refund tool is updated daily by the IRS. Based on what you have stated above, it sounds like your return is going through the normal process. Although it has been over three weeks, the IRS cannot promise a 100% accurate time frame of when you will get your refund. It is typically 21 days but that is always subject to changes and delays.

    1. Hi Nia,

      Although you electronically filed your tax return, you may have still chosen to receive your refund via paper check by mail. Another reason this could be happening is that you mis-entered your direct deposit information. In this situation, the IRS may default to mailing your refund instead of reaching out and waiting for you to respond; ultimately delaying your refund.

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