How Can a Person Find the Status of His IRS Refund?


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A person can track the status of his IRS refund through the official website of the IRS, by utilizing the Where's My Refund tool, explains the Internal Revenue Service. A status update is usually available 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer's electronically-filed tax return.

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How Can a Person Find the Status of His IRS Refund?
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For a taxpayer to check his refund status, he needs to provide his Social Security number, his filing status and the amount of his anticipated refund, according to the IRS. The agency only updates the status once every 24 hours. Refunds are usually received by the taxpayer within 21 days after the IRS has received the return. If a taxpayer has mailed his tax return, he can expect to receive a status update on his refund within four weeks of the receipt of his return by the IRS.

The IRS has a mobile application that also provides a status update on taxpayer funds, notes the IRS. Additionally, if a taxpayer has filed an amended return, he can check the status of that return on the IRS website under the Where's My Amended Return tool. Status updates on amended returns are provided three weeks after the date the amended return is mailed. The taxpayer needs his date of birth, Social Security number and ZIP code to retrieve the status.

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