How Long Does It Take to Get Your Tax Refund?

How Long Does It Take to Get Your Tax Refund_As soon as you file your taxes, you might be tempted to ask: how long does it take to get your tax return?  Of course most people are looking to see how long it takes to get your tax refund after you’ve filed your taxes.

According to the IRS, 90% of people who file tax returns online will see a direct deposit within 21 days of the IRS accepting their e-file tax return.

The short answer is about 2-3 weeks. (See the chart below)

Of course it can be as quick as 10 days for some people.  It depends on a number of factors such as the complexity of your return, the volume of returns submitted, and if there’s a government shutdown or not.

Will a government shutdown in 2019 delay my tax return?

It’s possible that a partial or full government shutdown would delay tax refunds this year.  The IRS has not commented on the impact of a shutdown, so it’s difficult to speculate.

When Do Tax Returns Come?

The IRS previously released a tax refund schedule that provided tax filers with a better idea on how long it takes to get a tax return or refund. They no longer create a table but based on previous IRS tax refund schedules, the table below gives an estimate on when to expect your tax returns to arrive.

Where’s My Tax Refund?

You can check the status of your tax refund online or with the IRS app.  The IRS updates the refund status every 24 hours so you can check daily to see when your tax refund is processed.

If it’s been longer than 6 weeks and you still haven’t seen your tax refund, you should call the IRS.

IRS Phone Number: (517) 324-7920

Estimated 2019 IRS Tax Refund Schedule

For Tax Return Accepted By IRS before 11:00 am between:  Direct Deposit may be sent as early as  
Jan 21 and Jan 27, 2019 Feb 01, 2019  
Jan 28 and Feb 3, 2019 Feb 08, 2019  
Feb 4 and Feb 10, 2019 Feb 15, 2019  
Feb 11 and Feb 17, 2019 Feb 22, 2019  
Feb 18 and Feb 24, 2019 Mar 1, 2019  
Feb 25 and Mar 3, 2019 Mar 8, 2019  
Mar 4 and Mar 10, 2019 Mar 15, 2019  
Mar 11 and Mar 17, 2019 Mar 22, 2019  
Mar 18 and Mar 24, 2019 Apr 5, 2019  
Mar 25 and Mar 31, 2019 Apr 12, 2019  
Apr 01 and Apr 07, 2019 Apr 19, 2019  
Apr 08 and Apr 14, 2019 Apr 26, 2019  
Apr 15 and Apr 21, 2019 May 3, 2019  
Apr 22 and Apr 28, 209 May 10, 2019  

*Note: These estimated dates are based on previous IRS tax refund schedules.  The IRS does not release tax refund schedules so estimates are from previous years of filing.  The IRS may delay the actual processing of refunds or returns by as long as two weeks due to changes in the tax law and staffing.

Tim Fraticelli DPT, MBA, CFP®

Tim Fraticelli is a Physical Therapist, Certified Financial Planner™ and founder of He loves to teach PTs and OTs ways to save time and money in and out of the clinic, especially when it comes to documentation or continuing education. Follow him on YouTube for weekly videos on ways to improve your financial health.