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How To Get A Faster Refund


How To Get A Faster Refund

Here are a few things that can help you get your refund back faster.

Avoid filing your tax return on paper

Filing your tax return in paper form takes much, much longer – especially with the COVID pandemic which has caused lengthy delays in the past years return process. You can easily avoid lengthy waiting periods and delays by avoiding filing your tax return via paper. The IRS, under normal circumstances, typically takes around six to eight weeks to process paper returns. By filing via e-file you can see your return processed in about three weeks.

Get direct deposit

During the e-file process before you submit your return you can choose to have your returned funds deposited directly into your bank account via direct deposit. This avoids having to wait for a paper check and cuts the waiting time down drastically.

Start tracking right away

You can start checking on your refund status about 24 hours after you submit your return paperwork. On mailed returns you’ll have to wait about four weeks to start using the “Where’s my refund” status checker on the IRS website. Make sure you check back regularly since the system is updated periodically and it may take a few days to get the information you need.

Don’t let things go too long

Don’t wait to alert your local IRS office of call them to find out where your tax return is or for a status update if you have not received your refund after 21 days of filing online. This won’t speed anything up but it can give you peace of mind to know exactly what is going on and allow you to fix any errors that could be delaying the process, if any.

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