Getting worried about your federal tax refund status? Thousands of taxpayers each year go through the same stress. Usually, they worry for no reason. You may be in the same boat.
One of the first things you can do is check the federal tax refund status chart. The IRS has provided a time chart when you can expect your refund. The refund arrival times line up with when your return form was received.
For instance, if you filed your return between January 28th and February 4th, the expected date for a direct deposit is February 12th. A paper check would be mailed February 19th.
You’ll notice that those dates are both on Friday. Refunds are issued by the IRS on Fridays. Remember this so you don’t check your bank statement all week long. Sometimes, there is a delay in your deposit. This is due to the bank processing it. Wait until Tuesday and see if it goes through.
Check Your Tax Refund Status
If you want to see what your federal tax refund status is, there are several ways to do it. The IRS’ federal tax refund status hotline is 1-800-829-1040.
Also, you can enter information into a form on the IRS website. Look for “Where’s My Refund?” on the main page.
Both the phone number and the website require you to know a few things before checking your tax refund status. You must provide your Social Security Number, your filing status, and the exact amount you expect to get. Only then will you get your tax refund status.
If you e-filed, your tax service may be able to provide you with your federal tax refund status. Check your profile after you log in to find this out. They can also tell you the status of your tax return. It may not have been processed yet.
Paper returns take much longer, and because you didn’t file electronically, you’re stuck with checking the phone number or the form on the website as your only option for checking your refund status. If you are anxious about your tax refund, it is advisable to file electronically. Paper filers wait 3 to 4 weeks after mailing in your form before they can even check their federal tax refund status. E-filers only wait 3 to 4 days before they are able to check.