Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
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Refund and Amount of Tax Owed

Refund or Tax Due

Refunds

For taxpayers who want to have the entire amount refunded:

  • Leave the line for amount applied to estimated tax blank or enter 0
  • The tax software shows the entire refund amount on the amount to be refunded line
  • Inform them of the option to have the refund deposited directly into their account at a bank, credit union, or other financial institution
  • Advise them that a refund check is usually mailed within 6 to 8 weeks after the return is filed
More Information

Encourage taxpayers to use direct deposit, which is the fastest, safest, and most efficient way to receive a refund. When the return is e-filed, a direct deposit refund is usually received within 10 to 14 days.

Form 1040 showing a zero in the line for applying overpaid tax to next year's estimated tax.