By JANE BRYANT QUINN

If you're due a refund on your income taxes, how fast can you get it? And is it worth taking a quick loan to lay your hands on the money even sooner?

Here are the outside dates for receiving your refund, according to the IRS: about five weeks if you send your tax return by mail; three weeks if you file electronically and get a check back by mail; one to two weeks, for electronic filers who have the refund wired directly to their bank accounts...

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