2016 IRS Tax Refund Schedule: When to Expect My Tax Refund?

2016 IRS Tax Refund Dates2016 IRS Tax Refund Dates

It’s always painful to see how much you pay in taxes, but at least there’s a silver lining: your 2016 IRS tax refund. Personally, I know all I want is a tax refund schedule to show me when to expect my tax refund. Below is a table that outlines all the possible 2016 IRS tax refund dates.

If you really want to expedite your tax refund, I suggest you file online using the IRS E-File system. There are other software programs you can use to apply for your 2016 tax refund, but filing by physical mail is really going to stretch the timeline. Going digital is the quickest way to get your cash.

When can I expect my tax refund? I would suggest you check the IRS web site for their refund tables, but they’ve stopped giving out the full tables because of changes to the auditing system. However, here’s an estimate based on their previous schedules. This chart shows when to expect income tax refunds in 2016 based on previous years.

Just check when you submitted your tax refund (left-hand column). If you opted for direct deposit, then your expected date would be in the middle column. If you chose to get your refund by paper check then it would be in the right-hand column.

Remember that if you’re filing after April 15, it would be helpful to get a tax extension request. It could save you quite bit of money in penalties.

Tax Refund Time Table

Tax Return Accepted By IRS before 11:00 a.m. between… Direct Deposit Sent* Paper Check Mailed*
Jan 19, 2016 (first day IRS accepts returns) and Jan 29, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Feb 6, 2016
Jan 30 and Feb 5, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Feb 13, 2016
Feb 6 and Feb 12, 2016 Feb 19, 2016 Feb 20, 2016
Feb 13 and Feb 19, 2016 Feb 26, 2016 Feb 27, 2016
Feb 20 and Feb 26, 2016 Mar 4, 2016 Mar 5, 2016
Feb 27 and Mar 4, 2016 Mar 11, 2016 Mar 12, 2016
Mar 5 and Mar 11, 2016 Mar 18, 2016 Mar 19, 2016
Mar 12 and Mar 18, 2016 Mar 25, 2016 Mar 26, 2016
Mar 19 and Mar 25, 2016 Apr 1, 2016 Apr 2, 2016
Mar 26 and Apr 1, 2016 Apr 8, 2016 Apr 9, 2016
Apr 2 and Apr 8, 2016 Apr 15, 2016 Apr 16, 2016
Apr 9 and Apr 15, 2016 Apr 22, 2016 Apr 23, 2016
Apr 16 and Apr 22, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Apr 30, 2016
Apr 23 and Apr 29, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 7, 2016
Apr 30 and May 6, 2016 May 13, 2016 May 14, 2016
May 7 and May 13, 2016 May 20, 2016 May 21, 2016
May 14 and May 20, 2016 May 27, 2016 May 28, 2016
May 21 and May 27, 2016 Jun 3, 2016 Jun 4, 2016
May 28 and Jun 3, 2016 Jun 10, 2016 Jun 11, 2016
Jun 4 and Jun 10, 2016 Jun 17, 2016 Jun 18, 2016
Jun 11 and Jun 17, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Jun 25, 2016
Jun 18 and Jun 24, 2016 Jul 1, 2016 Jul 2, 2016
Jun 25 and Jul 1, 2016 Jul 8, 2016 Jul 9, 2016
Jul 2 and Jul 8, 2016 Jul 15, 2016 Jul 16, 2016
Jul 9 and Jul 15, 2016 Jul 22, 2016 Jul 23, 2016
Jul 16 and Jul 22, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Jul 30, 2016
Jul 23 and Jul 29, 2016 Aug 5, 2016 Aug 6, 2016
Jul 30 and Aug 5, 2016 Aug 12, 2016 Aug 13, 2016
Aug 6 and Aug 12, 2016 Aug 19, 2016 Aug 20, 2016
Aug 13 and Aug 19, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Aug 27, 2016
Aug 20 and Aug 26, 2016 Sep 2, 2016 Sep 3, 2016
Aug 27 and Sep 2, 2016 Sep 9, 2016 Sep 10, 2016
Sep 3 and Sep 9, 2016 Sep 16, 2016 Sep 17, 2016
Sep 10 and Sep 16, 2016 Sep 23, 2016 Sep 24, 2016
Sep 17 and Sep 23, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Oct 1, 2016
Sep 24 and Sep 30, 2016 Oct 7, 2016 Oct 8, 2016
Oct 1 and Oct 7, 2016 Oct 14, 2016 Oct 15, 2016
Oct 8 and Oct 14, 2016 Oct 21, 2016 Oct 22, 2016

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