If you’re filing for your tax returns, you might be wondering about the IRS Refund schedule for 2021. Amidst the pandemic there are a lot of uncertainties with deadlines and schedules. Here’s the lowdown on what you need to know:

The deadline for submitting tax returns was extended to May 17th, 2021. 

So, by now, you have already filed your tax returns, and are probably wondering how long it will take to get your refund.

Federal Tax Refund Schedule

The answer to that depends on how you filed your tax return, and how you want to receive your refund. For federal tax refund, here’s what you need to know:

  • Electronically filed, direct deposit to bank: anywhere between 1-3 weeks
  • Paper filed by mail, direct deposit to bank: 3 weeks
  • Electronically filed, refund check sent through mail: anywhere between 6-8 weeks
  • Paper filed by mail, refund check sent through mail: anywhere between 6-8 weeks

If you’re wondering about specific dates, you should know that the IRS usually issues over 90% of tax returns within 21 days after tax returns have been processed.

As of writing, the IRS has yet to release an official tax refund calendar for this year’s tax season (2020 tax year.) Still, we have got this estimate from WebCE based on the previous statements from the IRS over the past few years. 

The IRS Refund Schedule for 2021

Date Return FiledDate Direct Deposit SentDate Paper Check Mailed
February 12–13, 2021February 26, 2021March 5, 2021
February 14–20March 5March 12
February 21–27March 12March 19
February 28–March 6March 19April 26
March 7–13March 26April 2
March 14–20April 2April 9
March 21–27April 9April 16
March 28–April 3April 16April 23
April 4–10April 23April 30
April 11–17April 30May 7
April 18–24May 7May 14
April 25–May 1May 14May 21
May 2–8May 21May 28
May 9–15May 28June 4
May 16–22June 4June 11
May 23–29June 11June 18
May 30–June 5June 18June 25
June 6–12June 25July 2
June 13–19July 2July 9
June 20–26July 9July 16
June 27–July 3July 16July 23
July 4–July 10July 23July 30
July 11–17July 30August 6
July 18–24August 6August 13
July 25–31August 13August 20

Source: WebCE

How To Track Your Federal Tax Refund

Since we’re in the middle of a pandemic, there might be changes to the schedule. But fret not, the IRS has two free tools that you can use to track your tax refund. 

The first one is Where’s My Refund? Tool that you can see on the IRS website. The second one is through the IRS2Go mobile app. You can download this on your smartphone.

You will need your Social Security Number or your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your filing status, and the exact amount of your tax refund in dollars to check the status of your tax refund on the tools mentioned above. 

Both tools practically work the same way, but the mobile app is only updated once every 24 hours, so you can only check once a day.

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