The Internal Revenue Service’s processing times for Forms 1040 (tax returns) vary depending on how the taxpayer filed his or her tax return. The processing time for electronically filed tax returns is less than mailed returns.
This is simply due to how easily they are processed. Since an IRS employee needs to go through your refund carefully when you mail in one, it adds up to the amount of time you’ll wait. So if you want the IRS to process your return and get your refund as quickly as possible, file taxes electronically.
The below table shows how long it takes for the IRS to process returns and send refunds from the date the agency receives the tax return.
IRS processing times for e-filing, mailed-in returns, paper checks, and direct deposits
/table of refund schedule
There is no doubt that those who file taxes electronically and opt for direct deposit for their refunds get done with taxes much faster. File taxes electronically and get your refund direct deposited to your bank account to look forward to the next tax season. If you’ve already filed your return and wondering when you might receive your tax refund. Here is the refund schedule that can help you speculate when your refund might arrive.
Refund Schedule for the 2021 tax season
|Date of Return Received by the IRS||Direct Deposit||Refund Check|
|February 28||March 12||March 21|
|March 7||March 19||March 28|
|March 14||March 26||April 5|
|March 21||April 2||April 12|
|March 28||April 9||April 19|
|April 4||April 16||April 26|
|April 11||April 23||May 2|
|April 18||April 30||May 9|
|April 25||May 7||May 16|
|May 2||May 14||May 23|
|May 9||May 21||May 30|
|May 16||May 28||June 6|
|May 23||June 5||June 13|
|May 30||June 12||June 20|
|June 6||June 19||June 27|