With the government shutdown over and the IRS back in business, it’s time to do your taxes. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who can’t wait to get your hands on your refund, we can tell you how soon you will probably get that refund. (See the chart below.)
The tax reform law officially kicked in on January 1, 2018, but the taxes you file from January through April 15, 2019 will be the first time most Americans see the actual impact of the tax reform law. See the chart below for an estimated date.
Will You Get a Bigger Income Tax Refund in 2019?
Maybe, maybe not. For many, there may be no effect on their refund, particularly if they adjusted their tax withholding throughout the year. The average worker was forecast to see $1,000-$2,000 per year in tax savings (the higher amount for those with children). If you did not adjust the amount of taxes you have withheld from your paycheck, it could result in a larger refund. But for those who did make the adjustment, the result should have been about $20-$40 more per week in their paycheck. Many factors affect your tax rate and refund, so not all working taxpayers will realize the same results.
When Will You Get Your 2019 Income Tax Refund?
This is the question you probably came here for. First, with all of the major changes to the tax law, the IRS is likely to delay the start of tax season. In recent years, even comparably minor changes have resulted in about a week delay, so it would not be surprising to see tax season start in February instead of late January.
Those with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) are also likely to have their forms delayed, since the IRS pays special attention to these credits, which have been abused in past years.
This chart shows an estimated timeline for when a taxpayer is likely to receive their refund. If yours is delayed, use the “Where’s My Refund?”tool on the IRS website – Or download the IRS2Go app to check your refund status.
“When Can I Expect My 2019 Income Tax Refund?”
IRS Accepts Between These Dates
Direct Deposit Sent (Or Check Mailed)
1/28/19 – 2/1/19
2/4/19 – 2/8/19
2/11/19 – 2/15/19
2/18/19 – 2/22/19
2/25/19 – 3/1/19
3/4/19 – 3/8/19
3/11/19 – 3/15/19
3/18/19 – 3/22/19
3/25/19 – 3/29/19
* = IRS may delay tax filing season by one week or more due to changes in tax law. ** = Returns with EITC or CTC may have refunds delayed until late February to verify credits. *** = Filing during peak season can result in slightly longer waits.
4/1/19 – 4/5/19
4/8/19 – 4/12/19
4/15/19 – 4/19/19
4/22/19 – 4/26/19
4/29/19 – 5/3/19
5/6/19 – 5/10/19
5/13/19 – 5/17/19
5/20/19 – 5/24/19
5/27/19 – 5/31/19
6/3/19 – 6/7/19
IMPORTANT: If you file electronically (using an online tax program or preparer), the IRS will notify you of the actual date they “accepted” your return. This is often 1-3 days from the time you actually hit the “file” button, and it is this date that you need to use for the above chart.
Taxpayers who mail their income tax return can expect at least a 3-4 week delay at the front-end of the process, as the return has to be digitized before it can be processed.
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