Get Your Tax Refund Fast

Feb 22, 2012 by

The question on many taxpayers’ lips this time of year? “When will I get my tax refund?”

Haven’t Filed Yet

If you haven’t yet filed, be sure to use the IRS’ free e-file service, and provide direct deposit information for your bank account on your return. According to the IRS, “the fastest way to get a refund is by e-filing and using direct deposit. Taxpayers can get their money automatically in as few as 10 days.”

Already Filed

If you’ve already filed, there’s not much you can do now to speed up the IRS’ processing gears. But, if you have a smartphone, you can download free the IRS2Go phone app. The IRS says that, through IRS2Go, “an updated refund status is available about three days after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return.”

If you don’t own a smartphone or don’t want to deal with IRS2Go, the IRS offers on its website a tool it calls “Where’s My Refund?” Enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact amount of your expected refund to learn the latest on your refund’s status. Wait at least 72 hours after e-filing, or 4 weeks after paper filing, to check on your refund.

The IRS says over 90% of refunds are issued in 21 days or less. Here’s a short video from the IRS explaining more.

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