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How do you know when your tax refund is coming?

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The Internal Revenue Service advises taxpayers to check the status of their refunds through the IRS mobile application or the online Where's My Refund tool, available at IRS.gov. The tool provides a personalized date once the IRS approves the refund. The IRS issues most refunds within 21 calendar days.

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Electronic filers can check their refund status online within 24 hours after filing, and paper filers can check four weeks after mailing their returns. Online refund status information is updated once every 24 hours, notes the IRS. To check the status of their refunds, taxpayers must provide their Social Security number, their filing status and the amount of their expected refund.

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