How Can You Check the Status of a Tax Refund From the IRS?


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The Internal Revenue Service website, irs.gov, has a "Where's My Refund?" link on the homepage that taxpayers use to find the status of their current year tax refund. A mobile app, IRS2Go, provides the same information. They are updated once a day.

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For electronically filed returns, information becomes available 24 hours after acceptance. If a return is mailed in, it can take a month for the status to show up. The website link uses a Social Security or Tax Identification number, filing status and amount of refund to verify the taxpayer's identity.

Amended income tax returns, filed to correct errors, are tracked by following the "Check Status of Your Amended Return" link on the IRS homepage. The statuses of amended returns for the current filing year and up to three immediately prior years become available roughly three weeks after the IRS receives the forms. Returns showing a balance due or no refund are not tracked by this tool. Other types of amended returns that cannot be tracked include injured spouse, carrybacks such as NOLs and returns filed in response to IRS letters or audits.

Original tax returns from a previous year, filed late, cannot be tracked through the app or website. A taxpayer should allow three weeks after the forms are mailed in before calling the IRS.

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