The 2014 Tax Refund Schedule

If you're looking for the 2014 tax refund schedule, here's when you can expect your money.

Mar 22, 2014 at 11:00AM

The answer to the simple question, "When will I receive my tax refund from the IRS?" used to be found in the agency's annual "Refund Cycle Chart." It was quite handy, listing when you could expect your check based on the date when your tax return was mailed or accepted. For example, a 2014 tax refund schedule might tell you that for returns received between April 1 and April 7, direct deposits will be made on April 18 and refund checks will be mailed on April 21. But alas -- there is no official 2014 tax refund schedule. It has been discontinued, but you're not out of luck. It has been replaced by the IRS' "Where's My Refund?" service, as well as an IRS2GO mobile app that also offers other tax-related information.

Most of your questions about the 2014 tax refund schedule will likely be answered here:

  • The IRS aims to get you your refund within 21 days after it receives your return -- and it succeeds more than 90% of the time. Thus it recommends that you not call or visit an IRS office to ask about your refund until six weeks after you mail in your return or 21 days after you e-filed (i.e., submitted your return electronically).
  • You can check the "Where's My Refund?" website or the app anytime. If you e-filed, you'll likely find information there within 24 hours. If you mailed in a paper return, it could be four weeks before there's news.
  • You'll need to be ready to provide your Social Security number, your filing status (i.e., single, married filing jointly, head of household), and your exact refund amount. (Don't submit personal information such as your Social Security number over an unsecured Internet connection, though.)
  • Requesting that your refund be direct-deposited can give you access to your money faster. It also can be more secure -- for example, avoiding the risk of someone stealing the check before it gets to you.
  • E-filing can make the biggest difference, speeding up your refund significantly.
  • The "Where's My Refund?" service can let you track your refund's progress through three stages: the arrival of your return, the approval of the refund, and the sending of the refund. It can even give you an expected refund date.

You may be disappointed to learn that there's no 2014 tax refund schedule, but the IRS is actually now giving you more information -- and more precise information -- about your particular return.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

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KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

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