How long does it take IRS to process taxes?


Tax season is officially here and many Americans are hoping to get their refund as soon as possible. 

So how long do taxpayers typically have to wait for their refund check after filing? Most refunds will be issued in less than 21 days, as long as the return doesn’t require further review, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Refund information will typically be available within 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an electronically filed return or four weeks if you mail a paper return. You can track its progress using the “Where’s My Refund?” app online or the free IRS mobile app IRS2Go.

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What’s the fastest way to get a refund?

Whether you file electronically or on paper, the fastest way to get a refund is through direct deposit. Eight in 10 taxpayers get their refunds faster by using e-file and direct deposit, according to the IRS. The agency expects about 90% of individuals to file their returns electronically. You can also use direct deposit if you file by paper.

Is my tax refund lost?

To avoid refund delays, be sure to gather year-end income documents before filing a 2019 tax return. Experts say that will help filers avoid refund delays and the need to file an amended return. If you file too early before receiving a key document, it could mean that you must file an amended return to report additional income or claim a refund. It can take up to 16 weeks to process an amended return and issue any related refund, the IRS said.