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IRS: When will my refund be direct deposited?

Millions of Americans are preparing their tax returns in hopes of receiving their refund from the IRS in a timely fashion.

The IRS struggled to get refunds out to Americans in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, and this year they’re hoping to return to normal.

Deadlines were extended both years, but this year will be closer to normal with a deadline of April 18, 2022.

The goal is to get refunds out to taxpayers within 21 days of processing their tax return.


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What makes refunds come from the IRS faster?

There are various factors that go into the speed of you receiving a refund, including

  • When you file your taxes during the season
  • Which credits you claim
  • If you mailed or e-filed your return
  • If you have federal debts
  • Whether you’re claiming a stimulus payment or not

Expect to face delays if you’re claiming the earned income tax credit or child tax credit.

There are regulations surrounding these credits to help avoid fraud.


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Dates to expect refunds from the IRS

The following schedule, reported by Marca, shows the date your return would be processed followed by the date your refund should be sent by.

  • Feb. 7 – Feb. 18
  • Feb. 14 – Feb. 25
  • Feb. 21 – March 4
  • Feb. 28 – March 11
  • March 7 – March 18
  • March 14 – March 25
  • March 21 – April 1
  • March 28 – April 8
  • April 4 – April 15
  • April 11 – April 22
  • April 18 – April 29
  • April 25 – May 6
  • May 2 – May 13
  • May 9 – May 20
  • May 16 – May 27
  • May 23 – June 4
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