How Long Does It Typically Take for the IRS to Issue a Tax Refund Check?


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The Internal Revenue Service issues most refunds in 21 calendar days or less for taxpayers who file electronically. Taxpayers who mail a paper return may need to wait up to six weeks for a refund, the IRS notes.

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Taxpayers can check their refund status 24 hours after they file by accessing the Where’s My Refund tool at IRS.gov. The IRS updates this tool once a day, and the three processing notifications are return received, refund approved and refund sent. After the IRS sends a direct deposit refund to a taxpayer’s bank, it can take up to five business days for the bank to credit the refund to the account. Taxpayers who request paper refund checks may have to wait longer than those who choose direct deposit, the IRS explains.

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