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Filing your taxes

How fast can I get my tax refund?

If you’re like most Americans, your tax refund feels like the biggest paycheck you’ll receive all year. Learn when you’ll be receiving your refund in 2022, and how you could hurry that process up.

UPDATED ON: February 23, 2022

When it comes to taxes, one of the most important questions you’ll ask is probably, “When will I get my refund?” The answer could vary year-to-year and return-to-return, because both the IRS rules and your life keep changing. See below for tips on how to speed the process. Here’s what you can expect this year.

When will I get my refund this year?

Most refunds are ready within 21 days of filing, according to the IRS. That clock starts after the IRS begins processing tax returns for the year.

Does claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Advance Childcare Tax Credit (ACTC) delay my refund?

It depends. By law, the IRS must put a hold on returns that claim the EITC and ACTC until mid-February. This hold gives the IRS time to match returns with the information it has on file. That means if you filed early, you’ll have to wait for the hold to lift to get your refund. But, if you file after the hold lifts, you should get your refund within 21 days.

The hold requirement is part of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, also known as the PATH Act.

How can I track my return?

It’s easy to check on where your refund is in the process, in person, online, or over the phone.

You can check the IRS website’s Where’s My Refund? tool, starting 24 hours after you e-filed your return, though it can take up to 5 business days to appear. If you mailed a paper return, it could take 3 weeks or more before you can check the status of your refund.

 You can also reach out to the IRS by phone, or with a walk-in representative if:

  • It’s been 21 days or more since you filed electronically, or
  • It’s been more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return.

When you file with Jackson Hewitt, you can track the status of your refund with a MyJH account—a secure online account that also stores your returns and tax documents. Set up your account here.

The keys to getting the biggest refund you deserve, as soon as possible

The simplest strategy is the most effective. To get your refund as soon as possible, it’s extremely important to file early and accurately. Here are some tips to help.

  1. File as soon as you have your documents, so that you’re one of the first in line for your refund.
  2. File your return electronically. The IRS generally accepts e-filed returns within 48 hours.
  3. Choose direct deposit. That way, your refund will go right into your account, not the mail.
  4. Faster yet, you could get your refund 2 days earlier than direct deposit, if you get it on a Serve® American Express® Card.* Those 2 days can mean the difference between getting your refund on a Friday, or waiting until the following week.
  5. Mistakes on your return can hold up your refund. If you want to be 100% certain you’ve gotten everything in order, a Tax Pro can help make sure your return is accurate, and that you’re claiming every credit, deduction, and dollar you deserve.

Follow these steps, and you’ll get your refund fast, and won’t leave any money on the table.

*Faster access compared to standard tax refund electronic deposit and subject to IRS submitting refund information to the bank before release date. IRS may not submit refund information early.

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