When Can You Expect Your Tax Refund?

For those of you who are waiting impatiently for your tax return, or for those of you who have clients pestering you about when they can expect their refund, here is the official word from the IRS.

Taxpayers who e-filed their tax returns can expect their refunds to be processed according to this schedule:

  • Refunds for tax returns that were submitted between March 29 and April 5 should have been direct deposited on April 13. If you requested that a check be mailed, the checks should have been mailed on April 20.
  • Refunds for tax returns that were submitted between April 5 and April 12 should have been direct deposited on April 20. If you requested that a check be mailed, the checks should be in the mail on April 27.
  • Refunds for tax returns that were submitted between April 12 and April 19 should be direct deposited on April 27. If you requested that a check be mailed, the checks should be in the mail on May 4.
  • Refunds for tax returns that were submitted after April 19 and through April 26, should be direct deposited on May 4. If you requested that a check be mailed, the checks should be in the mail on May 11.

The above information, of course, is not a guarantee of when service can be expected, but it is a good guideline. Taxpayers who filed paper tax returns may have a slightly longer wait.

The IRS recommends that taxpayers wait at least three weeks from the time a tax return is filed before checking the status of a refund. To check the status of a refund, call the IRS's TeleTax service at 1-800-829-4477.

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