When can I expect my refund if I file in October?
If you selected the direct deposit delivery method, your refund is estimated to be issued between 7 and 21 days after your return has been accepted and approved.
Keep in mind that the 7-to-21-day period won’t begin until your return has been accepted and approved, not submitted. Approval delays can occur if the IRS sidelines your return for additional review.
Additional review doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong with your return. The IRS and state tax agencies have implemented more stringent security measures to help prevent tax-related identity theft and refund fraud. Those extra measures inherently cause more returns to be reviewed.
If you chose to receive your refund by mail, it could take longer than 21 days to receive your refund.