How Can You Find the Direct Deposit Date for Your Tax Refund?


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Find the direct deposit date of your tax refund using the Where's My Refund program on the IRS.gov website, advises the Internal Revenue Service. The program tracks tax refunds through the three steps of return received, refund approved and refund sent for direct deposit or postal mail.

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To access the program, go to the IRS.gov main page, and click on Where's My Refund under Filing & Payment, notes the IRS. Click on the Where's My Refund link, enter your Social Security number, your filing status and the amount of your return, and click on Submit. If you are filing a tax return jointly, use either Social Security number. Alternatively, use the IRS2Go mobile app. Wait 24 hours after filing an electronic return or four weeks after mailing a paper return before using Where's My Refund.

The message Return Received means that the IRS has begun to process the return, explains the IRS. If the three-step tracker icon does not appear, follow any instructions that the program provides. If the IRS sends you a letter by post requesting further information, answer promptly to expedite the return process. Once the IRS review procedure is complete, the return status changes to Refund Approved, signifying that the IRS is preparing to send the refund either by direct deposit or paper check. At this point, you can find the date that the IRS has scheduled to send your direct deposit, although it may take one to five days longer to reach your bank account.

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