How Long Will It Take to Get Your Tax Refund? Here's How to Track Your Money

If you got your taxes submitted by the tax deadline day, you can start checking the status to see when your refund will arrive.

Tax Day has come and gone, and if you beat the deadline and filed your 2021 tax return on time, the next thing on your list is waiting for your refund money to arrive. 

For those expecting refund money this year, it should arrive within 21 days of filing -- assuming the return has been filed electronically with direct deposit set up.

To keep tabs on your refund, you can start tracking it to your bank account after the IRS begins processing your tax return. 

Tracking your refund will also assure you that your tax return has been accepted by the IRS and hasn't been rejected because of errors.

If you've requested a paper check for your tax refund, it'll take longer -- about six to eight weeks -- but you can also track that check to your mailbox using a free Postal Service tool. Also, if you're filing late, expect your refund to arrive late.

We'll explain how to use the Where's My Refund and IRS2Go tools to track your tax refund online, and how to use your online IRS account for further details. 

If you still haven't filed, here's how you can file your taxes for free and take advantage of the biggest tax changes for this year. This story is updated frequently.

The IRS usually issues tax refunds within three weeks, but some taxpayers could have to wait a while longer to receive their payments. If there are any errors in your tax return, the wait could be lengthy.

When an issue delays your return, its resolution "depends 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," according to the IRS website.

The date you receive your tax refund also depends on the method you used to file your return.

If your tax refund goes into your bank account via direct deposit, it could take an additional five days for your bank to put the money in your account. 

This means if it takes the IRS the full 21 days to issue your check and your bank five days to deposit it, you could be waiting a total of 26 days to get your tax refund. 

Online services like Venmo and Cash App can deliver your tax refund a few days sooner since there's no waiting period for the direct deposit.

If you submitted a tax return by mail, the IRS says it could take six to eight weeks for your tax refund to arrive once it's been processed. 

There are several things that could be tacked on to your tax refund this year. As usual, if you overpaid your taxes in 2021, you'll receive that money back. 

However, if you're a parent, you could also expect to receive the rest of your child tax credit money, as well as a reimbursement for money you spent on child care related expenses last year.

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