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Where’s My Refund? How to Check the Status of an IRS Refund

Information About Federal Tax Refunds

Getting worried about your federal tax refund status? Thousands of taxpayers go through the same anxiety each year, but in most cases, there’s no reason to stress about your IRS refund.

When Will Your Refund Arrive?

The amount of time it takes to get your tax refund depends on how your file your tax return and the method you choose to have your refund issued.

If you file electronically (e-file), the IRS will be able to process your tax return faster than if you file by paper mail. Furthermore, if you choose to have your tax refund issued via Direct Deposit to your bank account, you will receive your refund money faster than if you’re getting a paper check in the mail.

The IRS website states that “The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. However, it’s possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.”

Keep in mind, if there are any mistakes on your tax return, it will take the IRS longer to process and may result in a delayed refund.

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Check Your Tax Refund Status If you want to see the status of your federal tax refund, there are several ways to do it.

Internet

Go online and use the “Check My Refund Status” tool on the IRS website. Be prepared to enter your Social Security Number (SSN), filing status, and exact whole dollar amount of your tax refund. Then you will be able to look up the status of your refund check.

Telephone

Call the IRS federal tax refund status hotline phone number: 1-800-829-1954. You will need to provide your Social Security Number (SSN), filing status, and exact whole dollar amount of your tax refund.

Mobile App

Use your smartphone to download the free “IRS2GO” mobile app. This application lets you check the status of your refund with your mobile phone. Remember that you will have to provide your Social Security Number (SSN), filing status, and exact whole dollar amount of your tax refund in order to access your account.

E-file Provider

If you e-file your taxes online, the tax service you used may be able to provide you with the status of your federal tax return as well as your tax refund. Login to your account and check your profile to find this out if this feature is enabled.

If you tend to get anxious about when your tax refund will arrive, it is recommended that you file electronically. Taxpayers who e-file can generally expect a 3-week wait time to receive their tax refund. On the other hand, paper filers may have to wait 6-8 weeks before they receive their refund check.

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