You can check the status of your tax return through the Internal Revenue Service website, using the Where's My Refund tool. The status of your tax return is available within 24 hours of filing your e-file tax return or four weeks after mailing a paper return, according to the IRS.
Enter your Social Security Number or Tax ID Number, filing status, and exact refund amount into the prompts with the Where's My Refund tool, located by clicking the Refund tab on the IRS home page. After entering the information to identify your return, click the Submit tab on the Web page to find the status of your return.
As of 2015, it is also possible to call 800-829-1040 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to check the status of your tax return with a live IRS operator, according to the US Tax Center website by Banks.com.