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How To Check On Your Tax Refund

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If you already filed your federal tax return and are due a refund, you have several options for checking on the status of your refund.

One way is to use "Where's My Refund?" an interactive tool on the IRS Web site at IRS.gov. Simple online instructions guide taxpayers through a process that checks the status of their refund after they provide identifying information shown on their tax return. Once the information is processed, 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. To ensure delivery, you can change or correct your address online.

Where's My Refund? is a very flexible tool. Whether you split your refund among several accounts, opt for direct deposit into one account, or ask IRS to mail you a check, Where's My Refund? gives you online access to your refund information. You can even use Where's My Refund? if you filed taxes only to claim a refund of the telephone excise tax.

Where's My Refund? also include links to customized information based on the taxpayer's specific situation. The links guide taxpayers through the steps they need to take to resolve any issues that may be affecting their 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 can do a refund trace online.

The "Where's My Refund?" service meets stringent IRS security and privacy certifications. Taxpayers enter identifying information that includes their Social Security number, filing status and the exact amount of the refund shown on the return. This specific information verifies that the person is authorized to access that account and avoids an unsuccessful response.

"Where's My Refund?" is accessible to visually impaired taxpayers who use the Job Access with Speech screen reader used with a Braille display and is compatible with different JAWS modes.

Another option for checking the status of your refund is by calling the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477 or the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954. When calling, you must provide the first Social Security number shown on the return, your filing status and the amount of the refund. If the IRS processed your return, the system will tell you the date your refund will be sent. The TeleTax refund information is updated each weekend. If you do not get a date for your refund, please wait until the next week before calling back.


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