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How soon can I get my tax refund? 5 things to know

Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press on

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Other volunteer tax programs exist too, including AARP Foundation Tax Aide-Sites.

Tax filers who have incomes below $66,000 are eligible for "Free File" software via The IRS estimates that about 70 percent of the nation's taxpayers are eligible for IRS Free File.

4. What's everybody going to do with those tax refunds?

Many taxpayers, including millennials, are most likely to say they'll save the money or pay off debts, such as student loans or credit cards, according to a poll by TaxSlayer.

But some acknowledge that they will splurge, too.

Roughly one in eight taxpayers say they're going to treat themselves to a big gift, like electronics or jewelry. Roughly one in eight say they're going to use that refund money toward going on vacation or out to dinner, according to the TaxSlayer poll.

5. Where is your refund?


The "Where's My Refund?" tool at the and the IRS2Go phone app are updated regularly with projected refund dates.

To check your refund status, you need your Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number, your filing status and the exact amount of your expected refund.

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