You can check the status of your tax refund by using the Where's My Refund? tool at the official website of the Internal Revenue Service, IRS.gov. If you filed your tax return online, you can check the status after 24 hours has passed.
If you filed your tax return by sending the forms though the mail, you must wait four weeks before you can use the Where's My Refund? tool, advises the IRS. When using the Where's My Refund? tool, you need your Social Security number or your individual taxpayer identification number, the filing status, and the exact account of your anticipated refund. You can also check the status of your refund by downloading the IRS app to your mobile device.
If you would like to call the IRS and check on the status of your refund by phone, you may call 800-829-1040 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, as of 2015, explains Bankrate.
To check the status of your state tax return refund, contact the entity that processed your state income tax return, instructs Efile.com. Efile.com provides a link to the tax return processing entities of each state that requires the filing of income tax returns.