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How the e-file process works

Step 1

Prepare your taxes

TaxAct guides you through hundreds of deductions and credits for your maximum refund guaranteed – all you have to do is answer simple questions.

Step 2

E-file your taxes for fast refund

For guaranteed accuracy and your maximum IRS refund the fasted way possible, e-file your TaxAct return and have your refund direct deposited into your checking or savings account.

Step 3

TaxAct sends your return to the IRS

TaxAct encrypts your return using the highest security standards and transmits it to the IRS via a secure connection for immediate processing.

Step 4

The IRS processes your return

The IRS processes most tax returns within 48 hours of receiving them.

Step 5

The IRS issues your refund

Upon your return being accepted by the IRS, the IRS will approve and issue your refund along with the expected refund date. The IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days upon the IRS receiving your tax return from TaxAct.


Find out when you can expect your refund from the IRS using the Where's My Refund? tool.

Stages of your tax return status

Return Received

The IRS is processing your tax return.

Return Approved

The IRS approved your tax return. This generally takes a few days but it can take longer. This means the IRS is preparing your refund to be sent to your financial institution or you.

Refund Sent

The IRS has sent your refund to your financial institution or mailed your check. It may take the financial institution 1 to 5 days to deposit the funds into your account, and it can take several weeks to receive a check.


You will be directed to the IRS Web site and need the following information:

  • Social Security Number or ITIN
  • Filing Status
  • Exact refund amount shown on your return
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