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Where's My Tax Refund? The IRS Refund Timetable Explained

Updated for Tax Year 2015


OVERVIEW

Here's what happens when you press that green button and transmit your tax return. Remember, the fastest way to get your tax refund is to e-file and choose direct deposit.


"Where's my tax refund?"

Ever wonder what happens between efiling your tax return and receiving your refund?

irs tax refund time table

Here is what really happens when you press that green button and transmit your tax return.

  • First, we "stamp" the return with an electronic postmark, and then we send it to the government.
  • Then we both wait 24 to 48 hours for the IRS to accept your return.
  • What are they doing? They are checking your personal information to make sure it matches their records.
  • If everything looks good, the IRS accepts your return.

Once you are accepted, you are on the IRS payment timetable. The IRS issued more than 9 out of 10 refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days last year. The same results are expected for 2015.

Once you have e-filed your tax return, there are a few ways to check the status of your refund:

Either the mobile apps or the tool will get you personalized refund information based on the processing of your tax return. They will provide an actual refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Most refunds will be issued in less than 21 days. You can start checking the status of your refund within 24 hours after you have e-filed you return.

Remember, the fastest way to get your refund is to e-file and choose direct deposit.

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