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Average Processing Times

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

Current Year Return or Current Year Refund

7-12 business days

If you e-filed your return.

or
2-3 months

From the date you mailed your return.

If you have not received your refund within the time frames listed above, it is likely that we are reviewing your return for one of the reasons above. Our processing time for these returns is currently:

2 months

If you e-filed your return.

or
4 months

From the date you mailed your return.

While your refund is in process, our call center agents will only be able to tell you whether or not we received your return. Use our online service to check if we have received your return and the status of your refund.

Did you receive a letter requesting additional information?
In some cases, we may send you a letter asking for documentation to support the information claimed on your return. You should respond to this letter as soon as you can, as we review responses in the order they are received. We will review your response and make our determination within 8 weeks of receiving the documentation. If we allow your refund, you will receive interest if 45 days have passed from the due date of the return.

Other Processing Times

Transaction type Processing Time
Web Payment Up to 2 business days
Credit Card Payment Up to 6 business days
Non-Electronic Payment Up to 14 business days
Amended Return 6-8 months
Transaction type Processing Time
Current Year Return or Current Year Refund: Paper and e-file 4-5 months
Payment Up to 2 business days
Amended Return 6-12 months

*Processing begins when we receive your return or payment and ends when we post the transaction to your account.

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