What's the fastest way to get my federal tax refund?

Modified on Tue, 21 Feb 2023 at 08:11 PM

To boost your chances of receiving your refund faster, we recommend filing early, filing online, having your refund deposited directly into your account, and checking to make sure there are no errors on your tax return.

The IRS notes that it can take up to 21 days to receive a refund if you file electronically, and six months if you file by mail. For this reason, filing online is one of the best moves you can make to receive your refund faster.

In addition, you want to file early in the tax season, before the IRS receives a heavy influx of returns to sift through. The IRS has experienced a backlog of returns in the past few years, so filing early is recommended.

You should also opt for direct deposit, when possible, to get your refund faster. It takes less time for funds to transmit to you this way and also reduces the chances of your check getting lost in the mail or delivering to a previous or incorrect address.

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