How Can Individuals Check Their Refund Status Online?


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As of 2015, the status of federal tax refunds is available through the IRS refund-tracking portal on the IRS website. Refund status is usually available 24 hours after the taxpayer electronically files the return, as the IRS explains.

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The Where's My Refund page on the IRS website provides taxpayers with information regarding the status of their tax refund payments. Taxpayers have two choices to obtain the information. They can submit information through the online form, including their Social Security numbers, filing status and the expected amount of the refund payments.Generally, taxpayers receive their refunds within 21 days after their tax returns filing electronically, according to the IRS. The second way to obtain the status is to use the IRS2Go mobile application.

The IRS advises that taxpayers wait for the full processing time. After that time elapses, they should contact the IRS to inquire about the status of their refunds.

Taxpayers who wish to check the status of their state refunds can usually submit an online request through their state's taxation department, as About.com details. The online forms to track the refunds generally require certain information just like the federal form, such as the taxpayer's name, mailing address, Social Security number and the refund amount.

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