Have you gotten your tax refund yet?

Published on February 10, 2012 by

Once you have your taxes finished and filed, the next thing is waiting for your refund to come.  Many people ask how long it will take to receive their refund and how they can check on that.

How long will your refund take?

If you decided to e-file your return and have your refund direct deposited, the IRS has stated that it takes between 2 or 3 weeks for the money to be deposited in your account.  If you e-filed and opted to receive a check, your check will be sent out after three weeks.  If you decided to send in a paper copy of your return, it will take between 6 and 8 weeks for them to process your return and then send out the check.

How can you check on your refund?

The easiest way to check on your refund is to visit the IRS website.  They will have updated information about your refund 4 days after your e-filed return has been accepted, or 4 weeks after you have mailed in your return.  On their homepage, there is a colored link that says “Where’s my refund?”.   You will need the following information to check on your refund:  your social security number, your filing status, and the exact amount of your refund.  If you have filed your return jointly, then you will need the social security number of the first person listed.

You may also call the IRS to check on your refund.  There is a refund hotline at: 800–829–1954  If calling the IRS you will also need your social security number, your filing status, and the exact amount of your refund.


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