The amount of time it takes to receive a tax refund is an average of 21 days after the return is filed. Refunds requiring additional review by the IRS can take additional time to receive. Those who have filed their taxes can use the IRS's "Where's My Refund?" tool to check the status of their tax refund.
When using the "Where's My Refund?" tool, specific information must be provided, including a Social Security number, filing status and the exact number of the refund. This tool receives regular updates once every 24 hours. The IRS recommends that callers only inquire by phone after 21 days passes, and once the return is received.