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e-filing is completely untouched by human hands.

The turnaround time depends on whether your tax software is using the same old back-end system as the past decade, or if they are part of the modernized e-file system (which is new for this year).

If you're in the legacy system, the e-file ack comes back from the IRS in 12 to 24 hours.

If you're in the modernized system, it takes 5 minutes or so. Unless the system happens to be broken when you file. Then it may take a few days.

In either case, you have to add on whatever time your tax software takes to process the IRS acceptance (or rejection) and e-mail that to you. The e-mail you get does not come directly from the IRS. Your software company will get the acceptance or rejection notice from the IRS, then puts that into an e-mail format and sends the e-mail to you.


PS - I'm pretty sure the IRS tech area is staffed 24/7.
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