Refunds Past 21 Days

How quickly will I get my refund?
IRS issue most refunds in less than 21 calendar days.

I’m counting on my refund for something important. Can I expect to receive it in 21 days?
Many different factors can affect the timing of your refund after IRS receives your return. Even though IRS issue most refunds in less than 21 days, it’s possible your refund may take longer Also, remember to take into consideration the time it takes for your financial institution to post the refund to your account or for you to receive it by mail.

It's been longer than 21 days since the IRS received my return and I haven’t gotten my refund. Why?
Some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:

  • Includes errors
  • Is incomplete
  • Form 1095-A not included with Tax Return 
  • Is affected by identity theft or fraud
  • Includes a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit or an Additional Child Tax Credit. See Q&A below.
  • Includes a Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
  • Amended Returns, allow 8 to 12 weeks for the IRS to proccess Form 1040X
  • Needs further review in general

IRS will contact you by mail when they need more information to process your return.

I claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) on my tax return. When can I expect my refund?
• According to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, the IRS cannot issue EITC and ACTC refunds before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or debit cards starting Feb. 26, 2021, if these taxpayers chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with their tax return.