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Tax Refund: 5 things you should know

As millions of Americans get ready to wrap up their tax season, many have some common questions about their tax refund.

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The IRS has answered many of the most common questions on their website.

Here, you can find answers to some of the most basic questions.

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5 answers to the most common tax refund related questions

How long will my tax refund take?

Tax refunds are said to take up to 21 days.

Once the IRS receives your refund, the issuing of payment will take around 3 weeks.

While this has been true for many, there are still some snags happening as the IRS remains underfunded and understaffed.


Tax Refund: Why is my 2022 tax refund so delayed?

Can I track my tax refund?

You can go to the IRS website and use their Where’s My Refund tool.

There is also the option download the IRS2Go app on your smartphone.

You just need your SSN, filing status, and refund amount.

When am I able to start tracking it?

Your status is available within 24 hours of the IRS receiving your return.

This means if you file electronically you can usually start tracking it the next day.

Paper returns will take longer. They need to go through the mail, then manually entered into the system by an agent.


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Can I claim if I’m not a resident of the U.S. and have nonresident alien status?

If you report the income and withholding amounts properly you can claim taxes.

You’ll need to fill out Form 1040-NR, U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return.

Why is the amount not the same as what I filed?

If you have owed taxes you may lose some or all of your refund.


This can go toward

  • federal tax
  • state income tax
  • state unemployment compensation debts
  • child support
  • spousal support
  • other federal nontax debts including student loans
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