2022 Tax Refund Status: How Long It Takes & How To Check (2022)

Tax Refund Schedule (2021 Tax Year)

The 2022 tax filing season, in which returns for the 2021 tax year are processed, began on Jan. 24, and the deadline to file your return is April 18.

The first step toward getting your refund is to file your tax return. To do so, you’ll need to gather identification and a W-2 statement from your employer or other earning statements like 1099 forms.

If you’re married, you need to choose whether you’ll file separate returns or a joint return. You’ll also have to decide how you’ll file your return — whether you’ll take it to a preparer or file it yourself using tax preparation software.

Once you file your return, the IRS will review it and approve or reject your return. If your return is approved and you are owed a refund, you should receive it in a matter of weeks. If your return is rejected, the IRS will notify you and let you know the next steps to correcting your return.

Refunds for the 2021 tax year are already being processed and sent out to taxpayers all over the country. According to the IRS, as of Feb. 4 over 4 million refunds had been issued.

How Long Does It Take To Get Your Tax Refund?

Many Americans look forward to receiving their tax refund each year to help make important personal finance decisions, and you may be wondering how soon you’ll get yours. The time it takes to receive your tax refund can vary based on several factors, including when and how you file your tax return.

According to the IRS, the best way to avoid delays on your tax refund is to file an accurate tax return using e-file software to file electronically and opting to receive your refund via direct deposit. Most filers who use this method should receive their refunds within 21 days of submitting their return online.

If you mail your return, you can expect to receive your refund in about six to eight weeks from the date the IRS receives your return. You can choose to receive your refund as a check in the mail, but keep in mind that you will likely receive your refund anywhere from a few days to a few weeks later than you would have with direct deposit due to transit time.

Whether filed electronically or on paper, all returns are opened and processed by the IRS in the order they are received, so the earlier you file your taxes, the earlier you’ll receive a refund.

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How Long Does It Take the IRS To Approve a Refund?

The IRS reports that most returns are processed and approved within a few days of when they are received, and most refunds are issued less than 21 days after the return is received.

If you filed weeks ago and still haven’t received your return, there could be several reasons why you’re experiencing a delay. The most common causes for tax refund delays include simple math errors, inaccurate or missing information and missing signatures or attachments.

Tax returns with errors involving the third stimulus check, which was issued in early 2021, or returns that are missing information or have been flagged as suspected fraud or theft could be delayed for up to 90 to 120 days.

Taxpayers who claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) or the child tax credit (CTC) may also experience delays in receiving their refunds, even if their returns were filed accurately. Claiming these credits will slow down the processing of your return because of regulations designed to give the IRS time to deal with fraudulent returns. Even if you filed your return before Jan. 24, the first day the IRS began processing returns, you may not receive your refund until early March.

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Is There a Delay on 2022 Tax Refunds?

Last year, many taxpayers ended up waiting longer than the usual 21 days — some as long as eight weeks — to receive their refunds as the IRS was dealing with the backlog of returns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IRS is still working through this backlog of 2020 tax returns. Because of this, many tax experts expect that some refunds will be delayed this year.

How To Check Your Tax Refund Status

You can check your tax return status online using the IRS’ Where’s My Refund? tool. To use this tool, you’ll need the following information:

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  • Your Social Security number or ITIN
  • Your filing status
  • Your exact refund amount

The tool can tell you the status of your refund from 24 hours after you e-file, or four weeks after you mail your return. The system is updated each day, usually overnight.

You can also call the IRS TeleTax System at 1-800- 829-4477 to check the status of your refund over the phone. Be aware that the volume of calls trying to reach IRS representatives is at an all-time high, and the IRS recommends that you do not attempt to call until 21 days after you e-file or four weeks after you mail your return.

How can you get a bigger tax refund?

Making sure you claim dependents and take advantage of all available tax credits can help you maximize your refund. Talking to a CPA or tax professional can give you personalized tax advice for your specific situation on how much tax you’ll get back.

When will child tax credit refunds be issued?

If you applied for the expanded child tax credit on your tax return, you may receive your refund later than expected. This is because the IRS is unable to issue refunds involving the additional child tax credit before mid-February. This delay is designed to give the IRS additional time to stop refund fraud.

When should I hire a tax attorney?

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You may need to hire a tax attorney for a variety of business affairs or life events. Consider involving an attorney if you are being audited, want to leave money for your heirs, or are buying, selling or starting a business.

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Last Modified: September 20, 2022

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FAQs

When can I check the status of my refund 2022? ›

It's available anytime on IRS.gov or through the IRS2Go App. Taxpayers can start checking their refund status within 24 hours after an e-filed return is received.

How long did it take you to get your refund 2022? ›

If you filed on paper, it may take 6 months or more to process your tax return. For service delay details, see Status of Operations. The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. However, it's possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.

What is taking the IRS so long to process refunds 2022? ›

Additional factors could slow down the processing of your tax refund, such as errors, incomplete returns or fraud. Taxpayers who claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) or the additional child tax credit (ACTC) may see additional delays because of special rules that require the IRS to hold their refunds until Feb.

What day of the week does IRS deposit refunds? ›

IRS Refund Schedule for Direct Deposits and Check Refunds

They now issue refunds every business day, Monday through Friday (except holidays). Due to changes in the IRS auditing system, they no longer release a full schedule as they did in previous years.

Why has my refund been accepted but not approved? ›

An incomplete return, an inaccurate return, an amended return, tax fraud, claiming tax credits, owing certain debts for which the government can take part or all of your refund, and sending your refund to the wrong bank due to an incorrect routing number are all reasons that a tax refund can be delayed.

Why is my refund still processing? ›

Reasons Your Tax Refund Can Be Delayed

Errors such as an incomplete filing status. Missing information. A need for additional review. Possible identity theft or tax fraud.

Will I get my refund March 2022? ›

More tax refunds will be paid March 1

Are you still waiting for your refund? It could be coming your way on March 1, 2022. If you claimed the EITC or the ACTC, you could expect your refund payment on March 1 if the following is true: You filed your return online.

How I track my tax refund? ›

Use the Where's My Refund tool or the IRS2Go mobile app to check your refund online. This is the fastest and easiest way to track your refund. The systems are updated once every 24 hours. You can call the IRS to check on the status of your refund.

Should I call the IRS if my refund is still being processed? ›

tool says “Your return is being processed,” it might be worth a call to the IRS. If you don't receive a refund within 45 days of the tax filing deadline, the IRS is required to pay you interest on your refund.

Does the IRS count weekends as Processing Days 2022? ›

The IRS has given guidelines this year that 90% of tax filers should receive their refund within 21 days of filing. The IRS works weekends during tax season, so it's 21 days, not "business days".

What is the difference between processed and still being processed? ›

The IRS has processed your tax return but you are not approved for a direct deposit date yet. The "Being processed"refund status usually indicates your tax return has been processed already but your tax refund has not been approved yet. The IRS is systematically releasing direct deposits week by week.…

What time do tax refunds get deposited? ›

Direct deposits typically occur within 3-5 business days from the issue date, but may vary by financial institution. Allow up to 2 weeks from the issued date to receive your debit card by mail. We expect about 90% of direct deposits to be issued in October 2022.

How long after taxes are received are they approved? ›

We issue most refunds in less than 21 calendar days. However, if you filed on paper and are expecting a refund, it could take six months or more to process your return.

Can my tax refund be deposited on a Sunday? ›

This would depend on your financial institution. Most are closed on Sunday so it is rare to have any deposit on a Sunday. Once your refund is approved you will see a deposit date by visiting the Where's my refund website here, https://www.irs.gov/refunds .

How will I know if my refund isn't approved? ›

You can use the IRS Where's My Refund? tool or call the IRS at 800-829-1954 to check on the status of your refund, beginning 24 hours after you e-file. The IRS will provide an actual refund date as soon as your tax return and refund are approved.

How do you know if your refund didn't get approved? ›

Use Where's My Refund, call us at 800-829-1954 and use the automated system, or speak with an agent by calling 800-829-1040 (see telephone assistance for hours of operation). However, if you filed a married filing jointly return, you can't initiate a trace using the automated systems.

Does my taxes being accepted mean they are approved? ›

Accepted means your tax return is now in the government's hands and has passed the initial inspection (your verification info is correct, dependents haven't already been claimed by someone else, etc.). After acceptance, the next step is for the government to approve your refund.

Does processing refund mean approved? ›

Refund has been processed means that they have approved and are ready to send you your refund. Your return being processed mean that your tax return is being processed. Your status should change from being processed to accepted and then a date given for your refund. Keep checking each day for that.

Why is my refund still processing after 21 days? ›

Your tax filing has errors or is incomplete, which means the IRS cannot validate or match your data to their records. Especially for key items like your or your spouse's SSN, dependent data or missing fields needed to process your return (e.g income).

Do banks process refunds on weekends? ›

The time between the IRS issuing the refund and the bank posting it to an account may vary since many banks do not process payments on weekends or holidays. The return may require additional review.

Does still being processed mean audit? ›

If my refund on the IRS website says still processing does it mean I will be audited? There's absolutely no reason to necessarily think that you're under review or that an audit is pending, so please don't worry. The "processing" message you see is perfectly normal. In fact, the messages and bars on the IRS.

Can IRS approve refund on weekends? ›

Yes, the IRS states that they issue most refunds within 21 days, so that does include the weekends. If the IRS needs more information from you to process your return, then they will contact you by mail. See: What Days of the Week Does the IRS Deposit Tax Refunds?

Do Saturdays and Sundays count for IRS? ›

If the due date for an estimated tax payment falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the payment will be on time if you make it on the next day that isn't a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.

Will I get my refund on the deposit date? ›

Depending on IRS security procedures, the tax refund date could take up to 21 days after the IRS tax return acceptance date or as early as 7 days via the bank direct deposit method. Certain tax credits may delay the issuing of your refund.

What does it mean when the IRS says your tax return has been received and is being processed? ›

shows the status of my refund is Return Received? This means the IRS has your tax return and is processing it. Your personalized refund date will be available as soon as the IRS finishes processing your return and confirms that your refund has been approved. Most refunds are issued in less than 21 days.

What does it mean when it says we have received your return and it is being processed? ›

That means that the IRS has received your tax return and it is being processed. After this the IRS will go from processing your tax return to approved or accepted. Once accepted, your tax refund will be on its way to you.

Why is my 2022 tax refund taking longer than 21 days? ›

It is also taking the IRS more than 21 days to issue refunds for some tax returns that require review including incorrect Recovery Rebate Credit amounts, or that used 2019 income to figure the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).

Is IRS backed up on refunds 2022? ›

As of November 11, 2022, we had 3.7 million unprocessed individual returns received this year. These include tax year 2021 returns and late filed prior year returns. Of these, 1.7 million returns require error correction or other special handling, and 2 million are paper returns waiting to be reviewed and processed.

Are tax returns taking longer this year 2022? ›

The Internal Revenue Service has essentially been unable to process the paper 1040 returns that individuals filed in 2022 until it's finished processing the pileup of paperwork filed in 2021. It's a first in, first out process for paper returns.

What time does the IRS deposit funds? ›

What time of day does the IRS send direct deposits to your bank account? Hi David: Normally they sent to your bank between 12am and 1am. That does not mean it will go directly into your bank account. You bank can take up to 5 days to deposit it but normally it only takes a few hours.

What happens if it's been 21 days and no refund? ›

If it has been over 21 days since your return was being accepted by the IRS (or 6 weeks if you filed a paper return) and the tax refund status has not changed or WMR has no updated message for delays, you can call the IRS and speak with an agent concerning your tax refund.

How long can the IRS hold your refund for processing? ›

If the IRS is reviewing your return, it may have questions about your wages and withholding, or credits or expenses shown on your tax return. The review process could take anywhere from 45 to 180 days, depending on the number and types of issues the IRS is reviewing.

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