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Estimate Your 2016 IRS Federal Tax Refund Date

We at efile.com will do our best to not only get you your tax refund fast, but also as big as you are entitled to and as accurate based on the information you provided. Efiling and bank direct deposit is the fastest and safest way for you to receive your federal and state tax refunds.

Since many taxpayers want to know when they could expect their tax refund at the earliest or latest date based on the IRS acceptance date, we are please to provide this tool for you. 

Simply use the tax refund date tool below before or after you have filed your tax return. Enter the actual or estimate your IRS tax return acceptance date and select the tax refund transfer method and the tool will show you the earliest and latest IRS tax refund dates.  The acceptance date is the date the IRS acknowledged your tax return, It is not the date the tax return was submitted to or received by the IRS. 

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Are There IRS Tax Refunds via Bank Direct Deposit?

Select bank direct deposit to receive your Federal and State tax refund. Once the IRS has accepted your tax return, your tax refund will be electronically transferred from the IRS (US Treasury) to the bank account you entered during your online tax return process at efile.com. There are no bank transfer or processing fees if your tax return was free or if you paid by credit card. Estimated tax refund dates are based on the IRS acceptance date and are not guaranteed by efile.com or the IRS. Depending on IRS security procedures, the tax refund date could take up to 21 days after the IRS tax return acceptance date, or as early as 7 days via the bank direct deposit method.

For example, if you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) and/or the Additional Child Tax Credit, it might take longer for the IRS to process your return.  The IRS is required to not issue entire tax refunds with the EIC or Additional Child Tax Credit until February 15, 2017. This is for identity and security reasons to make sure you receive the refund instead of another person committing tax return fraud in your name. 

What Are the New IRS Security Procedures?

Since the IRS has added security measures for filing 2016 Tax Returns to decrease tax fraud, your refund may be delayed in 2017. The IRS requires online tax websites to add identity verification steps to ensure that the taxpayer filing their return is exactly who they say they are (i.e. security questions/answers, stronger passwords, etc). As a result of these new security measures, the IRS may issue more refunds as paper checks, even if taxpayers requested direct deposit.

What If My Tax Refund Is Lower Than I Expected?

If you prepared and efiled your tax return on efile.com (or on any online tax site), and the amount of your direct deposit refund is lower than the refund calculated on your federal tax return, then your tax refund may have been adjusted, or offset, by the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) via the IRS tax return processing procedure, not efile.com. The Program is run by the Financial Management Services (FMS). Under TOP, various federal and state government agencies are authorized to seize outstanding federal or state debts from federal tax refunds.

The FMS may offset part or all of your federal tax refund to pay:

  • Unpaid child support
  • Federal non-tax debts (including student loan repayments)
  • State income tax debts
  • State unemployment compensation debts

When Does an Offset Occur and Will It Delay My Refund?

An offset for non-tax debts occur after the IRS verified your refund to FMS for payment, but before FMS direct deposits the refund or mails a paper check to you. Though an offset reduces the amount of your expected refund via direct deposit or check, it does not delay the time you will receive the remaining refund (if any) after the offset.

How Will I Know That My Refund Has Been Offset?

You will receive a notice from FMS via mail. The notice will list the original refund and offset amounts. It will also include the agency that received the offset payment and their contact information.

What Can I Do Before Filing My Tax Return If I Know I Have Past Debt?

If you have non-tax debts, you can contact the agency you owe. That way, you can determine if the agency submitted your debts to TOP for refund offset.

I Don't Believe I Owe the Tax Debt. How Can I Dispute the Offset?

You will need to contact the agency that received the offset part of your refund, not the IRS or FMS. The notice will include instructions on how to contact the appropriate agency or agencies.

Who Can I Contact If I Have Further Questions About My Offset Notice?

You can call the Treasury Offset Program Call Center at (800) 304-3107.