When Are Tax Refunds Received?

There are two types of taxes that you are required by law to pay, Federal taxes and your state taxes. Here is an idea of when they are due and when you can expect to get your refunds.

Federal Taxes

Federal taxes for 2020 can be filed as early as January of the same year and until April of the following year. In case you are unable to meet the deadline, you can file for an extension. Ideally, tax refunds are received anywhere from 21 – 30 days. This schedule will vary depending on how you filed your income taxes and how you choose to get the refund.

If you submitted your tax returns electronically, you would be able to check the status of your payment within the first 4 hours.

If you decided to send your tax returns through the mail, it would take at least four weeks to receive information regarding your payment and refund.

You will need the following to check the status of your tax refund:

  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Filing Status
  • Total Refund Amount


Keep in mind that if you provide the wrong social security number, it may delay your scheduled tax refund. After 21 – 30 days, you have two choices:

  1. Have it deposited directly to your account, which will take around five working days.
  2. Check refund requests may take several weeks to arrive, then you can cash it at the bank,deposit it into your account, or you can put it into your individual retirement account or IRA.


In some cases, getting your income tax refund may take longer. These may have resulted from incomplete or incorrect filings, which will mean that the IRS is still reviewing your claims. At that time, the IRS may send you instructions through your mail requesting additional information for them to proceed with your refund requests. Other delays may also be due to file claims under the Additional Child Tax Credit or Earned Income Tax Credit, which will only be released after Feb 15. A message from the PATH Act will notify you if this is the case.

State Taxes

Now let us discuss your state tax refunds. Like the federal tax refunds, it will take around 30 days to receive your refund if you filed electronically. If you submitted by mail, it should take approximately twelve weeks. If you have not received your state tax refund after that period, then you will need to report to your state’s Department of Revenue or contact your state tax agency regarding the delay of your refund.

It is always advisable to file your taxes on time to avoid delays, and if you encounter problems, we at Golden Tax Relief, LLC know the workings of the tax system and can negotiate a solution that works for you. Besides using your tax refunds to pay for your mortgage, medical insurance, or expenses, you could also invest or add to your retirement fund. If you have noticed that you have been receiving large refund amounts, you might be paying too much. You may need to double-check for the next tax season.

If you have any questions on other kinds of support you can get when it comes to your taxes, we invite you to ​contact the​ ​Golden Tax Relief team​.

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