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Online Tool for Refund Status Updates

The IRS provides a simple-to-use online tool for checking the status of your refund.  To use it you need three pieces of information:

  1. Your Social Security Number (or the SSN of the primary taxpayer listed on your tax return)
  2. The filing status that was chosen when you filed your return (i.e. Single, Married, Head of Household, etc.)
  3. The amount of the refund you expect from the IRS

5 Steps to Discovering the Status of Your Refund

Once you’ve collected the three pieces of information above, follow these 5 simple steps to determine the status of your refund:

Step 1 — Go to the IRS “Where’s My Refund” webpage

CLICK HERE to go to the IRS Where’s My Refund webpage.

Step 2 – Enter Social Security Number

Enter the Social Security Number listed first on your tax return.

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Step 3 – Select your Filing Status

Choose from one of the five radio buttons that matches the filing status you used when you filed your tax return.

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Step 4 – Enter your Anticipated Refund Amount

Enter the refund amount that you expect to receive from the IRS.

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Step 5 – Select the “Submit” button

Click “Submit”!

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Haven’t Received Your Refund?

Occasionally the IRS will hold a tax return for review.  This sometimes happens when they detect a mistake in a return that’s been filed.  When this does happen, the IRS can take much longer to issue a refund.  Typically it takes about 2 weeks to receive a refund if your return was filed electronically AND you asked to have your refund directly deposited into a bank account.

If you haven’t received a refund within 8 weeks of filing your tax return, you should try calling someone at the IRS.  BEWARE… trying to actually talk with someone at the IRS can be difficult.  When you have an extra hour to spend on the phone, call the number below and be prepared to navigate the telephone queue.

The number to call to reach the IRS is 1-800-829-0922.  Good Luck!