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EFiling Tax Return

I was reading the instructions for the Where’s My Refund tool [3] on the IRS.gov website when I spotted this little gem:

You can generally get information about your refund 72 hours after IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or three to four weeks after mailing a paper return.

Within 3 days, the IRS is ready to rock and roll on an efiled tax return. It takes twenty one to twenty eight days for them to start on your paper return. If you have a tax refund [4], you should be efiling because you can get your refund two to three weeks faster.

Another protip – go with the direct deposit option because then you won’t have to wait or worry about a big check going through the postal system.