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How long does it take to get your federal taxes back?

Q: How long does it take to get your federal taxes back? —Kirk, Somerville

The following answer was provided by Barbara Damon, CPA, Edelstein & Company LLP.

A: I cannot tell you haw long it will take to receive your refund since it depends on when you mailed your return and which return you filed. To find out go to and click on the Where is my refund button. In general I would say that the IRS tends to take two to four weeks to process a paper check and one to two week to do a direct deposit of the refund. It depends on how backed up they get.
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