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Where's My Refund?


February 8, 2012

You have dutifully filed your tax return and now you have entered the void; that place where you really want your refund, have not received it and have no idea when to expect it. You need some hope that your hard earned money is really on its way and you want to know when it might arrive! Have no fear, the IRS has implemented a painless resource to assist you in discovering what is happening with your money!

Where’s My Refund? or Donde esta mi reembolso? Are interactive tools available on the IRS.gov website, that gives you online access to your refund information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you file your return electronically, you can access this information 72 hours or 4 days after the IRS acknowledged the receipt of your return. However, you should expect a refund to be issued 10 – 21 days after the IRS accepts the return.  You may continue to check this website for the latest refund information. The information at this website contains the same information provided on our automated telephone application.

However, if you mailed your return, it could take 3 to 4 weeks before your status on the website will be available. To get your updated refund information and an idea of when you might anticipate its receipt, you will need to provide some specific information:

  • Your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
  • You must know which filing status you used (eg. Single, Married Filing Jointly, etc.)
  • You must know the exact amount of your refund.

After submitting this information, you may receive any number of different responses, including, but not limited to:

  • An acknowledgement that your return was in fact received for processing.
  • A proposed mailing date or direct deposit date to your bank account.
  • A special notice that your refund is delayed for some reason or reduced due to a debt.
  • A proposed date that your refund check is to be mailed.

If for some reason you do not receive your refund within 28 days, the website can help you trace your refund online and to resolve other issues that might be causing a delay. Keep in mind, one frequent cause of delays is a Federal debt, of some kind. The IRS’  Financial Management Services office (FMS) may have been involved in a collection on your account.

If you prefer to access your refund status via the telephone, or don’t have access to the internet, you can call the IRS TeleTax System at 1-800-829-4477 or the IRS Refund Hotline at 1-800-829-1954. Just as when accessing Where’s My Refund? via the internet, you will need to know your SS#, filing status and refund amount, to obtain information, so it is a good idea to have a copy of your tax return handy.