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When Will You Get Your 2022 Tax Refund? How to Prepare and When to Expect That Check

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One of the top tax refund questions many filers ask is, “When will I get my tax refund?” Unfortunately, it’s impossible to know the exact date of when you’ll receive your tax refund — the answer varies and it truly depends on when and how you filed your tax return.

However, you can estimate when you’ll receive your funds. According to the IRS, most refunds are sent less than 21 days after filing. So generally, you can expect to get your tax refund about three weeks after you file your tax return.

2022 IRS Tax Refund Calendar: When Will I Get My Tax Refund?

Return Filed

Direct Deposit Sent

Paper Check Mailed

February 7

February 28

March 7

February 14

March 7

March 14

February 21

March 11 March 18

February 28

March 18

March 25

March 7

March 28*

April 4*

March 14

April 4*

April 11*

March 21

 April 11*

 April 18*

March 28

April 18*

April 25*

April 4

April 25*

May 2*

April 11

May 2*

May 9*

April 18

May 9*

May 16*

April 25

May 16

May 23

May 2

May 23

May 30

May 9

May 30

June 6

May 16

June 6

June 13

May 23

June 13

June 20

June 6

June 20

June 27

June 13

June 27

July 5

June 20

July 5

July 11

June 27

July 11

July 18

July 5

July 18

July 25

July 11

July 25

August 1

July 18

August 1

August 8

July 25

August 8

August 15

 

*During the peak of tax filing season, it may take slightly longer for the IRS to process tax returns. Traditionally, the busy season begins around late March and lasts through April 15. The IRS still plans to send the vast majority of tax refunds within three weeks of processing the tax return.

 

Although the deadline to file isn’t until April 18 for most taxpayers, filing early may be your best option. National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins called 2021 “the most challenging year taxpayers and tax professionals have ever experienced” in her 2021 Annual Report to Congress. The report also said that tens of millions of taxpayers experienced delays in the processing of their returns, noting the imbalance between the workload and resources available to the IRS. 

The IRS encourages everyone to have all the information they need in hand to make sure they file a complete and accurate return. Having an accurate tax return can avoid processing delays, refund delays and later IRS notices. This is especially important for people who received advance Child Tax Credit payments or Economic Impact Payments (American Rescue Plan stimulus payments) in 2021; they will need the amounts of these payments when preparing their tax return. The IRS is mailing special letters to recipients, and they can also check amounts received on IRS.gov. 

  • Letter 6419 — informing taxpayers of their advance CTC payments. The agency began sending these letters in December and will continue to do so in January.
  • Letter 6475 — about the third stimulus check. That letter will be sent in late January.

Keep both of these letters and refer to them when you complete your tax return. A major reason tax returns were delayed in 2021 was because taxpayers made mistakes in reporting their 2020 stimulus payment amounts on their returns, resulting in their tax filings getting flagged for manual review.

Like last year, there will be individuals filing tax returns who, even though they are not required to file, need to file a 2021 return to claim a Recovery Rebate Credit to receive the tax credit from the 2021 stimulus payments or reconcile advance payments of the Child Tax Credit. People who don't normally file also could receive other credits.

  • April 18 tax filing deadline for most

The filing deadline to submit 2021 tax returns or an extension to file and pay tax owed is Monday, April 18, 2022, for most taxpayers. By law, Washington, D.C., holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way federal holidays do. The due date is April 18, instead of April 15, because of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia for everyone except taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts. Taxpayers in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 19, 2022, to file their returns due to the Patriots' Day holiday in those states. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, October 17, 2022, to file

How can you check on your refund?

Using a mobile device, download the IRS2Go app to check your refund status. You can also visit the IRS Where's My Refund web page. When you call, you will need your social security number or ITIN, your filing status, and your exact refund amount.