The status of your tax return is available at the official website of the Internal Revenue Service and selecting the Where's My Refund? option, explains the IRS. You can start checking the status 24 hours after the IRS receives your electronically filed return.
If your tax return was filed by mail, a status update is usually available about four weeks after you have mailed the return, says the IRS. When checking the status of your return, you need your filing status, your Social Security number and the amount of your anticipated refund, if any. This tool provides information on your return status. An status update is only available once every 24 hours.