If you file a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund will be issued within six to eight weeks from the date the IRS receives your return. If you file your return electronically, your refund should be issued in less than three weeks, even faster if you choose direct deposit. The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. However, your tax return may require additional review and may take longer.
The online tool will provide you with personalized refund information based on the processing of your tax return. They'll provide you with an actual refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Most refunds will be issued in less than 21 days. You can start checking the status of your refund within 24 hours after you electronically file your return.
An official website of the United States government Where is my refund? is available almost all the time. However, our system is not available every Monday, before 12 in the morning. In addition, sometimes, our system may not be available on Sundays between 1 am.