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Average Processing Times - Individual Returns, Refunds, and Payments

This chart shows how long it takes, on average, to process* returns, refunds, and payments depending on how we receive them. Your actual experience may be different since the processing time is also affected by time of year, quality of the data we receive, business priorities, investigations, or other special circumstances.

Personal Income Tax - Return, Refund or Payment Processing Time
Current year return or current year refund
e-file 5 - 10 days
Paper 1 month
Payment 1 - 2 days
Prior year original return
4 months
Amended return 6 months
*Processing begins when we receive the return or payment and ends when we post the transaction to your account.