We’ve based these timelines on historical data noting that most refunds will be issued by the IRS in less than 21 days after the return has been accepted. Certain things can affect the timing of your refund, including:

  • How you sent your return – Sending your return electronically allows the IRS to process it faster than if you mail it in.
  • When you filed – The earlier you file, the earlier your return could be processed.
  • Which credits you claimed – Claiming certain credits can cause your refund to be delayed (more details below).

When will I receive my tax refund?

The following chart includes estimated dates you could receive your refund for the 2021 tax season if you have submitted everything correctly and are not claiming any tax breaks that could cause a delay.

You can use the IRS’s Where’s My Refund tool to see exactly where your refund is.