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Will it take 21 days to receive my refund?

Asked by: vpalmer 1478 views YA Discussion

Ok so I efiled my taxes already (before you start typing a response please read the whole thing) BUT I know the IRS won’t accept it until the 30th. Last year I received my refund in 7 days and the year before I think it was 14. There’s nothing complicated about my filing…I live in an apartment and work and that’s it. However, since the IRS isn’t accepting returns as early is it still possible to receive my refund within 7-14 days or is the earliest 21 days this year?
….Do I want to argue? What are you talking about? I was asking if it’s possible for me to receive my taxes before 21 days….who says I’m arguing? Where did that even come from? I know this year is different….ugh I swear every time I post on here no one reads what I actually say.

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  1. falsi fiable on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    This year is different than last year.

    IRS declares that refunds will usually take 21 days.
    You want to argue?

    Anything is possible. The IRS says 21 days.

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  2. Wayne Z on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    The IRS is using a new computer system.

    Due to a lot of cheating that has gone on in the past, the new system has better filters installed to detect fraud. These filters delay the processing.

    My guess is that, if your refund is entirely from withholding, you will probably get your refund within a few days. However, if you qualify for refundable credits (EIC, ACTC, etc.) and your refund exceeds your withholding, it will be closer to the 21 days.

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  3. Steve D on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    It may not take 21 days – all the IRS is saying is that is COULD take up to 21 days, so yes, you might get it within 7 days, you might not get it until late February.

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  4. Bostonian In MO on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    The IRS is no longer publishing a refund schedule. They are only saying that about 90% of taxpayers should see their refunds in 21 days or less if they e-file and opt for direct deposit of their refund into their bank account.

    Less than 21 days could be a lot less — I got mine in 4 days last year. That said, there are literally thousands of reasons that your refund could be delayed well beyond 21 days.

    The Where’s My Refund tool has been updated, ostensibly to provide more information on the progress of the processing of your return and the status of your refund. Time will tell if that will work as advertized or not.

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  5. Pascal the Gambler on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    I wouldn’t even expect it in 21 days to be honest.

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  6. Judy on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    IRS isn’t saying it will usually take 21 days. They say that most people will have their refunds WITHIN 21 days, very different that usually TAKING 21 days. You might see it much faster than 21 days, but not until after they start accepting returns obviously.

    See http://www.irs.gov/Refunds

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  7. Quick Answers on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    Not only has the IRS changed the Where’s My Refund applet, (it won’t give a date until the refund is actually approved and scheduled to go out), the IRS won’t answer any questions over the phone unless the applet says something other than “in progress.”

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