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When will I get my refund?

The IRS doesn't guarantee a specific date for tax refund processing.

However, you can estimate refund availability based on delivery method. For e-filed returns:

  • Direct deposit -- refund money is usually accessible within 21 days
  • Mailed check -- Check usually issued and received within 6-8 weeks

Some returns could take longer than normal processing time. These returns include:

  • Returns filed on paper -- usually issued within 6-8 weeks
  • Refunds from amended returns -- usually issued within 16 weeks
  • Injured spouse claims
  • Refund claims with an application for an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)

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So how much will you get (or owe) this year? That’s the million-dollar question. We happen to have three very useful calculators to help you estimate your refund or balance due.

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