Estimated IRS Tax Refund Schedule Dates for 2017

Estimated IRS Tax Refund Schedule Dates for 2017

Some taxpayers may experience a delay in receiving tax refunds in 2017. This is for tax returns due by April 15, 2017. Part of the reason for the schedule delay is a new tax law that goes into effect in 2017.

IRS tax refund schedule dates

Quoted from an IRS press release, John Koskinen, IRS Commissioner said, “We don’t want people caught by surprises if they get their refund later than the normal date.” Below is our Estimated IRS Tax Refund Schedule Dates for 2017.

Early filers claiming Additional Child Tax Credits (ACTC) and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) may have their refunds held by the IRS for several weeks. The IRS tax refund schedule dates could be held up until February 15.

An additional factor coming into play is heightened identity theft awareness. Both IRS and state tax authorities are required to take extra steps to prevent fraud. The additional steps required by these entities takes effect for the 2017 income tax filing season.

To prevent a delay in receiving your tax refund when claiming either the EITC or ACTC, make changes to your income tax withholdings for the remainder of 2016. What this does is puts more money in your pocket now but reduces your refund later.

Tax Refund Dates Without a Delay

The IRS usually issues 9 out of 10 refunds within 10 days after efiling. The chart below will help you determine when you should get your refund.IRS Tax Refund Schedule Dates Cycle Chart

However, keep in mind the IRS tax refund schedule dates are an estimation and is not set in stone. Sometimes there are delays, which may cause your refund to take longer than 10 days to reach you.

Anyone can get their tax refund faster by e-filing and opting to receive their refund via direct deposit.

 

For the rest of the chart, visit 2017 Refund Schedule.

Tracking down your tax refund

The Internal Revenue Service says that 90% of e-filers who select refund direct deposit will get their money in less than 21 days. If, however, you’re in that 10% still waiting on your tax refund, the IRS offers several ways to track it down.

Go online, call a special toll-free number or even use your smartphone to check your refund status. The tracking options work regardless of whether you’re awaiting a check in the mail or you’ve instructed the IRS to directly deposit your tax cash into 1 or multiple accounts.
The waiting game
Since 2003, taxpayers have been able to use the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund?” Web page to track down refunds directly from their own computers.

But exactly when you need this service depends on how you filed your tax return. The IRS says you can find out exactly where in the system your return is within 24 hours after the agency has received your e-filed tax return. If you mailed your return, you must wait 4 weeks before you can track it via the online search tool.

However, the IRS recommends that taxpayers not call too early or too often.

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