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Estimated IRS Tax Refund Schedule Dates for 2016

The IRS has a general response for taxpayers who are curious to know when their refund will arrive. The IRS usually issues 9 out of 10 refunds in 21 days or less. This means that you can generally expect your funds to arrive in no more than three weeks after your tax return has been filed.

IRS Tax Refund Schedule Dates Cycle ChartHowever, keep in mind the IRS tax refund schedule dates are an estimation and is not set in stone. Sometimes there are delays, which may cause your refund to take longer than 21 days to reach you.

It is recommended that you file your tax return using TurboTax Online or H&R Block Online because it will be processed quicker and you will receive your return in the shortest time possible. If you mail in your tax return your refund could be delayed for several weeks.

Calculating Your Tax Refund

H & R Block and TurboTax both have free online tax refund calculators. To use them you have to have your filing status, deductions, income, and dependent information on hand. You won’t have to enter any overly personal or identifying information, but the more information you provide, the more accurate your estimations will be.

Estimating your refund does not have to be hard, thanks to these two websites. You can plan and make sure that you spend your refund wisely when it arrives.

You Can Be first in Line for Your Tax Refund

“More than 80 percent of taxpayers get a tax refund. Last year, federal tax refunds averaged almost $3,000. That’s why we’re encouraging people to file as soon as they can. Anyone can get started today with TurboTax or H&R Block. There is no faster way for taxpayers to get their tax refunds.”

Both firms will securely hold and then submit customers’ tax return to the IRS as soon as the agency begins accepting returns. Both firms will process tax returns on a first-in, first-out basis. Although the IRS does not anticipate refund delays, taxpayers are encouraged to e-file and use direct deposit as the fastest way to get their refunds. As it did last year, the IRS expects to issue nine out of ten tax refunds in 21 days or less.

What to Expect When Filing Your Taxes Online

Making the decision to file online is your key to making tax season less stressful. All you have to do is answer a few questions about your tax situation, have your information put on the correct tax forms, and the online system will bring to your attention the deductions and credits that you are eligible for.

This way you can keep more of your hard earned money. They even have a free tax refund calculator so you can see how much of a tax refund you should expect.

Checking Your Refund Status via the IRS

You no longer have to worry about using the IRS Refund Cycle Chart or schedule to try to find out when your refund will arrive. Instead, thanks to technology, you can use the Where’s My Refund” tool that is located on the IRS website.

It will provide you with the status of your refund and alerts – Tax Return Received, Tax Refund Approved, and Tax Refund Sent. If you have filed a paper return, it will take up to four weeks for your Return Received alert to show. However, if you e-file the alert usually shows within 24 hours.

To use the tool you have to enter your personal information, such as your social security number, filing status, and refund amount.

Checking Your Refund Status via the Phone

Alternatively, you can call the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954. You will still have to enter the same information as you would if you were to check your refund status via the internet.

Checking Your Refund Status via Smartphone

If you have a smartphone, you can download the IRS2GO app and check your refund status directly from your phone. It is available for Apple and Android phones. You will still have to enter your personal information to obtain your refund status.

If you have e-filed your tax return with TurboTax, you can check your status using MyTurboTax. You can even check your status on the go from your mobile device using TurboTax free app MyTaxRefund.

If you haven’t e-filed your taxes yet, you can start today. You may even be able to e-file your federal tax return for free and have your biggest tax refund in your pocket within 21 days.

Closing Thoughts

Now you have learned quite a few different ways for you to check refund dates and the status of your refund. All you have to do now is go with the option that works the best for you. Good luck on your federal tax refund!

 

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