February 27

EIC & ACTC Refund Timing

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When will I get my refund?

We’re getting this question every single day. People want to know when they will receive their refund, the minute they file their taxes. It’s a fair question, none the less. Here you will find everything you need to know about refund timing for 2020.

How long should you wait?

Refund timing in 2020 will depend on how you file your tax return, and how you choose to receive it. The IRS claims that most taxpayers will receive their tax refund in less than 21 days. However, the IRS is legally allowed to hold refunds if there are any questionable issues with a tax return claim. Many people have experienced waits of just a couple of weeks to as much as several months.

Here we list the most common refund timing according to your filing status.

EITC/ACTC (Earned Income Credit/Additional Child Tax Credit)

Taxpayers claiming the EICT or the ACTC may experience a refund hold. Even when they E-file via Direct Deposit. The IRS started processing these type of claims on February 15th 2020. Most tax payers claiming the EICT/ACTC will not see a refund until the first week of March. Even if they filed early.

Once processed, a refund can take a few weeks for the money to be paid. The IRS investigates these types of claims thoroughly to avoid paying fraudulent claims. If you are claiming the EITC/ACTC and you want to check your claims status you can go to Where Is My Refund. You can check your status within 24 hours of filing your tax return.

Money in hand!

Check or Direct Deposit

Direct deposit is the safest and fastest way to receive your income tax return money. Checks add processing time, mail delivery time, and increases the chances of loosing your check in the mail.

E File The fastest and preferred way

Filing your tax return electronically is the fastest and most efficient way of filing taxes. E-Filing cuts down manual data entry, reducing the processing time. E-file Claims are more accurate because there is no need to scan documents which could cause errors. Last but not least E-Filing eliminates mail time which can add to a week or two of mail delivery tome.

Paper File

Paper filers can expect to wait six weeks or more. Filing your tax return by paper adds processing time and reduces security. If you must file your taxes by paper, you should be aware that your application has to be input manually, scanned documents could create errors, and physically mailing claims can delay your check while increasing the risk of getting lost in the mail.

Our recommendation

We encourage our customers to E-File and choose to receive their checks via Direct Deposit. This way they’re insuring accurate, fast returns directly into their bank accounts.

To check your status visit Where Is My Refund. You can check your status within 24 hours of filing your tax return.


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