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If I completed my tax return in April when should I expect my return?

It's has been more then 30 days how long before I should expect to receive my refund?
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If I completed my tax return in April when should I expect my return?

If I completed my tax return in April when should I expect my return?

@donowenz1989 - if you paper filed, assume 6-9 months (not kidding)


if efiled - 




How long you may have to wait: The IRS understands the importance of timely processing of tax returns and refund issuance. We have processed all error free returns received prior to October 2021 and continue to work the returns that need to be manually reviewed due to errors.  We are continuing to reroute tax returns and taxpayer correspondence from locations that are behind to locations where more staff is available, and we are taking other actions to minimize any delays. Tax returns are opened and processed in the order received. As the return is processed, whether it was filed electronically or on paper, it may be delayed because it has a mistake including errors concerning the Recovery Rebate Credit and the Child Tax Credit, is missing information, or there is suspected identity theft or fraud. If we can fix it without contacting you, we will. If we need more information or need you to verify that it was you who sent the tax return, we will write you a letter. The resolution of these issues could take 90 to 120 days depending on how quickly and accurately you respond, and the ability of IRS staff trained and working under social distancing requirements to complete the processing of your return.



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If I completed my tax return in April when should I expect my return?

What do you mean by "completed"? Did you file your tax return? Did you e-file it or file it by mail?

If you e-filed, did you get the email confirming that the e-file was accepted?

Did you select the option to have the TurboTax fees taken out of the refund?

Does TurboTax show that the tax return was filed? accepted?

What option did you select for how the refund would be paid: direct deposit? a check in the mail? a Credit Karma Money™ Spend account?

What does Where's My Refund? on the IRS web site say about the status of your refund?


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