Will I Receive My Federal Tax Refund within 21 Days?

If you e-filed your tax return this month, you are probably wondering the status of your tax refund.

Perhaps you are constantly checking your bank account balance, hoping your tax refund has been deposited into your account. Instead, maybe you’be been running to your mailbox looking for your refund check.

Whatever your case may be, it’s good to know  that it generally takes the IRS 21 days to process tax refunds. RapidTax is here to help you track down your tax refund. If you haven’t filed your 2013 yet, you can create an account and file your late 2013 tax return now and within 21 days you’ll have your tax refund.

I Waited Until April to File, When Will I Receive my Federal Tax Refund?

It’s good to know, if you filed your tax return in April, it will most likely take the IRS a longer period of time to process your refund compared to someone who e-filed in Mid- February or March.

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What Does My Tax Refund Status Mean?

Don’t stress! You won’t miss this flight.

Have you ever walked into an airport and realized you and everyone around you seem to be in a rush? Well, tax filers tend to mimic the same anxious energy, especially those trying to figure out their tax refund status.

We understand that like the airport checking luggage-security-shoes-off whirlwind, tax filing is also something you don’t do every day and can be pretty stressful. Actually, filing your taxes is the hardest part though so give yourself a pat on the back, sit back and await your refund.

What status updates should I look out for?

Whether you are a RapidTax customer or not,  you’ll probably use the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” tool. Before checking your refund status, you’ll want to recognize and know the meaning of the following status updates:

  1. Return Received or Accepted
  2. Refund Approved
  3. Refund Sent
  4. Your tax return is still being processed. A refund date will be provided when available.

What does Return ‘Received’ or ‘Accepted’ mean?

The IRS updates you with “We have accepted your tax return and it is being processed”. This is solely to update you that your return was successfully received by the IRS. This status update does not mean your return was approved. It simply means the IRS has it and it is in line to be reviewed and processed. Continue reading “What Does My Tax Refund Status Mean?”

How to File an Amended Tax Return

Picture this; You filed your taxes and went on with your life. Weeks later, you wake up in the middle of the night realizing you forgot to include your daughter (born over the past year), as a dependent.

Not only did you forgot to include your own child on your tax return, but you also forgot to claim extra tax dollars. What’s next? You briefly remember hearing about tax return amendments but wonder how to amend a tax return? Good news, you can file an amended tax return and correct any mistakes with RapidTax.

What is an Amended Tax Return?

Filing an amended tax return (known as Form 1040X)  is necessary when you need to change information to an already filed return. Tax filers usually file an amended return in one of two situations; the IRS reported errors on the tax return or you want to add or delete something on the tax return. If you reported the wrong filing status, the number of dependents, deductions, credits or income, you’ll need to file an amended tax return. However, if you made math errors, you don’t need to file an amended tax return. The IRS computers will correct math errors.

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