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Once you know there’s a tax refund heading your way, no matter how quickly you get it, it’s not quick enough.  Stalking your bank account (or the mailman) becomes a normal part of your daily routine until it arrives.  Unfortunately, we can’t snap our fingers and make your refund immediately appear, but we can tell you when it’s likely to show up.

9 out of 10 tax refunds are issued within 21 days

Most people receive their refund within 3 weeks of filing.  In some cases, it may take more time so you need to be patient.  Calling the IRS or popping up at one of their local offices won’t get you your refund any quicker.

The IRS hasn’t released an official tax refund schedule but there are plenty of guesses floating around the internet.  Remember, these dates aren’t set in stone so don’t get your hopes up too high.  With that being said, here are the estimated refund dates for 2019.

File By E-File with Direct Deposit E-File with Refund Mailed Paper File with Direct Deposit Paper File with Refund Mailed
January 28 February 11 February 19 February 25 March 4
February 4 February 19 February 25 March 4 March 11
February 11 February 25 March 4 March 11 March 18
February 19 March 4 March 11 March 18 March 25
February 25 March 11 March 18 March 25 April 1
March 4 March 18 March 25 April 1 April 8
March 11 March 25 April 1 April 8 April 15
March 18 April 1 April 8 April 15 April 22
March 25 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29
April 1 April 15 April 22 April 29 May 6
April 8 April 22 April 29 May 6 May 13
April 15 April 29 May 6 May 13 May 20

Check your refund status using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool

Why play the guessing game when you can find out the real deal?  The “Where’s My Refund?” tool on IRS.gov has all the answers you need.  Simply submit your SSN or ITIN, filing status and refund amount.  With this information, they’ll be able to provide your current refund status.  E-filers can begin using the tool 24 hours after submission.  Meanwhile, paper filers must wait 4 weeks after sending off their return.

E-File and direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund

You only have until April 15th to file your taxes without penalty so hurry up and get moving.  The fastest and easiest way to get the job done is with ezTaxReturn.  For most customers, it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.  Eight out of 10 filers receive their refund faster by choosing e-file and direct deposit.  So be sure to follow suit.