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Tax refunds should take about three weeks

Christopher Miller
Christopher Miller

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU) -- Tax refunds take about three weeks from the day you file. That’s according to IRS spokesman Christopher Miller, who says people who e-file can get their money direct deposited to their bank in about 21 days. That’s why he says filing electronically is the best way to file taxes. "Well over 80 percent of us in Wisconsin now file our taxes electronically. Filing electronically is more accurate than filing on paper. The error rate for filing electronically is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 percent compared to around 20 percent for filing on paper."

The IRS has a Free-File program for people to use online if their adjusted gross income is $58,000 or less. Miller says many people still don’t know about that service. "You simply go to our homepage, and on the right-hand side you choose an icon for Free-File and you’re taken to a list of 14 brand-name tax software products that you can use to file your taxes electronically for free."

Miller says they are still trying to spread the word about the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can be a huge difference for thousands of taxpayers if they would just check their eligibility. "While a lot of families in Wisconsin get the credit, we estimate about 20 percent miss out. That means around 77 thousand more families in the Badger state could be taking advantage of this valuable credit."

The IRS homepage is at irs.gov. Because there are a number of scams going around, Miller reminds taxpayers that the IRS will not contact you by phone, email or on social media to ask for any personal or financial information such as Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card numbers. In almost all cases, the IRS will contact you by mail.

The IRS even has a new smart-phone app called IRS2Go where you can check the status of your refund.

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