Tax refund status FAQs
The IRS usually sends out refunds within three weeks, but sometimes it can take a bit longer. For example, the IRS may have a question about your return. Here are other common reasons for a delayed tax refund and what you can do.
At H&R Block, you can always count on us to help you get your max refund year after year. You can increase your paycheck withholdings to get a bigger refund at tax time. Our W-4 calculator can help.
The IRS usually sends out most refunds within three weeks, but sometimes it can take a bit longer if the return needs additional review.
The IRS' refund tracker updates once every 24 hours, typically overnight. That means you don't need to check your status more than once a day.
Your status messages might include refund received, refund approved, and refund sent. Find out what these e-file status messages mean and what to expect next.
Having your refund direct deposited on your H&R Block Emerald Prepaid Mastercard® allows you to access the money quicker than by mail. H&R Block's bank (MetaBank®, N.A.) will add your money to your card as soon as the IRS approves your refund.