When Can I Expect My Tax Refund? | Personal Finance

Get moving to get your money sooner

Generally, the IRS begins accepting tax returns in late January, but this year, the agency delayed the start of the tax season until Feb. 12. However, if you file your return electronically on or around that date and sign up for direct deposit, you could be sitting on your refund by very late February or early March.

Once you’ve submitted your tax return, you can use the IRS’ Where’s My Refund tool to get an update on its status. You can generally start checking on your refund about 24 hours after submitting an electronic return, or four weeks after mailing one on paper. But either way, if you want to avoid a delay with your refund, get moving on your return as soon as you can.

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