Employees can get the status of their refund by visiting the IRS website and selecting the 'Where's My Refund?' link, states the IRS. Information through the secure tool is updated daily during the overnight hours. Taxpayers may also obtain automated service 24 hours a day through the Refund Hotline.
Taxpayers need only their social security number, filing status and the exact, whole-dollar amount of their anticipated refunds, says the IRS. Information is typically provided within 24 hours after e-filed tax returns are received and within three to four weeks after paper returns are mailed. The Where's My Refund? tool displays the progress of each return as either Return Received, Refund Approved or Refund Sent. It is also possible that some taxpayers may be instructed to contact the IRS to provide additional information in processing their return.
In addition, some companies, such as H&R Block, offer a service to locate customers' e-file returns, as of April 2015. To locate a tax return e-filed through H&R Block, visit H&R Block's E-file Status page and indicate the tax return filing method and the Social Security number, last name and date of birth of the filer, explains the H&R Block website.
At least 90 percent of refunds are issued within 21 days after tax returns are received, either through paper check or direct deposit, according to the IRS. If 21 or more days have passed since a return was filed electronically or more than six weeks have elapsed since a paper return was mailed, phone representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Monday through Friday to help.