How Long Does it Take to Get Your 2009 Tax Refund Back?

Posted by Madison on March 30, 2010

When filing tax returns, the second question everyone asks is “How long does it take to get my tax refund back?” Of course, the first question everyone asks is “How much is my refund?”

Tax Refund Direct Deposit versus Mail

If you want to get your refund faster, opt for the direct deposit route. Not only will the IRS send your money a week earlier via direct deposit, but you’ll cut down on the mailing time too.

IRS Tax Refund Schedule

Here is the 2010 IRS refund schedule for both direct deposit and mailed refunds. The IRS doesn’t guarantee that you’ll receive your refund by a certain date, but the schedule they publish does give some guidance.

Please note that the dates provided are for efiled returns only. In addition, the schedule doesn’t differentiate returns filed by the tax deadline, so be sure you’ve filed in time.

Transmitted and accepted
(by 11 am) between…
Direct Deposit
Sent
Paper Check
Mailed
Jan 15 and Jan 21, 2010 Jan 29, 2010 Feb 5, 2010
Jan 21 and Jan 28, 2010 Feb 5, 2010 Feb 12, 2010
Jan 28 and Feb 4, 2010 Feb 12, 2010 Feb 19, 2010
Feb 4 and Feb 11, 2010 Feb 19, 2010 Feb 26, 2010
Feb 11 and Feb 18, 2010 Feb 26, 2010 Mar 5, 2010
Feb 18 and Feb 25, 2010 Mar 5, 2010 Mar 12, 2010
Feb 25 and Mar 4, 2010 Mar 12, 2010 Mar 19, 2010
Mar 4 and Mar 11, 2010 Mar 19, 2010 Mar 26, 2010
Mar 11 and Mar 18, 2010 Mar 26, 2010 Apr 2, 2010
Mar 18 and Mar 25, 2010 Apr 2, 2010 Apr 9, 2010
Mar 25 and Apr 1, 2010 Apr 9, 2010 Apr 16, 2010
Apr 1 and Apr 8, 2010 Apr 16, 2010 Apr 23, 2010
Apr 8 and Apr 15, 2010 Apr 23, 2010 Apr 30, 2010
Apr 15 and Apr 22, 2010 Apr 30, 2010 May 7, 2010
Apr 22 and Apr 29, 2010 May 7, 2010 May 14, 2010
Apr 29 and May 6, 2010 May 14, 2010 May 21, 2010
May 6 and May 13, 2010 May 21, 2010 May 28, 2010
May 13 and May 20, 2010 May 28, 2010 May 28, 2010
May 20 and May 27, 2010 Jun 4, 2010 Jun 11, 2010
May 27 and Jun 3, 2010 Jun 11, 2010 Jun 18, 2010
Jun 3 and Jun 10, 2010 Jun 18, 2010 Jun 25, 2010
Jun 10 and Jun 17, 2010 Jun 25, 2010 Jul 2, 2010
Jun 17 and Jun 24, 2010 Jul 2, 2010 Jul 9, 2010
Jun 24 and Jul 1, 2010 Jul 9, 2010 Jul 16, 2010
Jul 1 and Jul 8, 2010 Jul 16, 2010 Jul 23, 2010
Jul 8 and Jul 15, 2010 Jul 23, 2010 Jul 30, 2010
Jul 15 and Jul 22, 2010 Jul 30, 2010 Aug 6, 2010
Jul 22 and Jul 29, 2010 Aug 6, 2010 Aug 13, 2010
Jul 29 and Aug 5, 2010 Aug 13, 2010 Aug 20, 2010
Aug 5 and Aug 12, 2010 Aug 20, 2010 Aug 27, 2010
Aug 12 and Aug 19, 2010 Aug 27, 2010 Sep 3, 2010
Aug 19 and Aug 26, 2010 Sep 3, 2010 Sep 10, 2010
Aug 26 and Sep 2, 2010 Sep 10, 2010 Sep 17, 2010
Sep 2 and Sep 9, 2010 Sep 17, 2010 Sep 24, 2010
Sep 9 and Sep 16, 2010 Sep 24, 2010 Oct 1, 2010
Sep 16 and Sep 23, 2010 Oct 1, 2010 Oct 8, 2010
Sep 23 and Sep 30, 2010 Oct 8, 2010 Oct 15, 2010
Sep 30 and Oct 7, 2010 Oct 15, 2010 Oct 22, 2010
Oct 7 and Oct 14, 2010 Oct 22, 2010 Oct 29, 2010
Oct 14 and Oct 21, 2010 Oct 29, 2010 Nov 5, 2010

IRS Tax Refund Status

You can also track the status of your tax refund with the IRS tool Where’s My Refund?



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