How Long Does It Take to Get a Tax Return?

It typically takes up to 21 days for a taxpayer to get his or her tax refunds, according to the IRS. Some refunds may take longer to receive if additional review is required. Taxpayers can receive their refunds via a paper check, savings bonds or direct deposit.

After filing for a tax refund online, it usually takes less than 21 days to receive the refund. People who decide to mail in a paper tax return can expect to receive a refund in 6 to 8 week. Those who mailed in their refund paperwork can access the IRS's refund tracking tool 4 weeks after filing.