Five Things You Should Know About Checking the Status of Your Refund

Five Things You Should Know About Checking the Status of Your Refund

Are you expecting a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service this year? If so, here are five things you should know about checking the status of your refund once your tax professional has filed your federal tax return.1. Online Access to Refund Information: Where’s My Refund? are interactive tools on IRS.gov and the fastest, easiest way to get information about your federal income tax refund. Whether you split your refund among several accounts, opted for direct deposit into one account, used part of your refund to buy U.S. savings bonds or asked the IRS to mail you a check, Where’s My Refund? gives you online access to your refund information nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2. When to Check Refund Status: If you e-file, you can get refund information 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your return. If you file a paper return, refund information will generally be available three to four weeks after mailing your return.

3. What You Need to Check Refund Status: When checking the status of your refund, have your federal tax return handy. To get your personalized refund information you must enter:

  • Your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number 
  • Your filing status which will be Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er) 
  • Exact whole dollar refund amount shown on your tax return

4. What the Online Tool Will Tell You Once you enter your personal information, you could get several responses, including:

  • Acknowledgement that your return was received and is in processing.
  • The mailing date or direct deposit date of your refund.
  • Notice that the IRS could not deliver your refund due to an incorrect address.
  • In this instance, you may be able to change or correct your address online using Where’s My Refund?.

5. Customized Information  The tool also includes links to customized information based on your specific situation. The links guide you through the steps to resolve any issues affecting your refund. For example, if you do not get the refund within 28 days from the original IRS mailing date shown on Where’s My Refund?, you may be able to start a refund trace. You may also want to contact your professional adviser should you have any questions about your refund.

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