Due to government budget cuts at the IRS, you may have to wait a little longer for your tax return this year. This year as in past years, filing electronically will be your best and fastest way to get your return. Direct deposit into your checking account also speeds thing up.

Not only may there be a delay in your return but getting help with questions from the IRS will harder this year too. Because of budget cuts there will less staff to answer your questions and there has been a hiring freeze so things won’t get any better.

The IRS will begin processing refunds at the end of January and if you e-file electronically you normally get your return in 21 days but this year it may take an extra week. If you mail your refund it will take about four weeks as well but after the IRS receives your form (not from the day you mail it), but then again this year it may be a little longer.