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Average Processing Times - Business Entity Returns, Refunds, and Payments

This chart shows how long it takes, on average, to process* business entity returns, refunds, and payments depending on how we receive them. Your actual experience may be different since processing time is also affected by time of year, quality of the data we receive, business priorities, investigations or other special circumstances.

Business Entities - Return, Refund or Payment Processing Time
Current year return or current year refund
e-file 1 - 3 weeks
Paper 3 - 4 months
Payment 1 - 2 days
Prior year original return
4 - 6 months
Amended return 6 - 9 months
*Processing begins when we receive the return or payment and ends when we post the transaction to your account.