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The 2014 Refund Schedule

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

If you want to check the status of your 2014 IRS refund, the online refund tracking tool is the ONLY way to do it.  Stop looking for a 2014 Refund Schedule because the IRS doesn’t operate that way anymore.  There is no longer such thing as the Refund Schedule.  The schedule is a thing of the past.  Income tax returns aren’t processed in a routine way anymore because the IRS must run every tax return through a fraud check system that slows things down, puts everyone on a different schedule, and renders the Refund Cycle Chart obsolete.

Why There is No 2014 Refund Schedule

Not all income tax returns are processed in the same way anymore.  Some don’t get flagged at all, so they do actually do make their way through the processing pipeline in a predictable way.  You can actually map them onto a refund schedule because their turnaround times are predictable.

The trouble is, you have no way of knowing whether your income tax return got flagged or not until it gets flagged or you simply happen to receive your IRS refund.  The IRS states that 90% of IRS refunds were sent out within 21 days last year.  Chances are you’ll get your refund within three weeks.  Sometimes it’s a shorter turnaround time, like 10 days.  So, if you’ve waited 21 days and still no refund, the tracker can tell you where in the pipeline your return is at the given moment.

Use the Free Online IRS Refund Tracker

The IRS Refund tracker is free and available to anyone who submitted their income tax return.  Just don’t use a public computer to enter and access personal data like this.  If you don’t have a computer to use you can call the IRS hotline…they will give you only the same information you would have got if you had logged into the IRS website.

IRS Refund Hotline: 800-829-1954

Don’t try to ask the hotline operators anything other than basic information about what’s happening to your IRS refund.  They can tell you when it was accepted or whether it’s in process or not.  They cannot tell you why it got stalled or when it will move to the next step.  They are simply typing your personal data into what amounts to the same website you would have accessed had you had a personal computer.

For more information on the IRS Refund Tracker and why there’s no 2014 Refund Schedule, go here to the 2014 Where’s My Refund? page on the IRS website.