What Information Is Required to Check the Staus of a Federal Tax Refund?


Quick Answer

In order to check the status of your federal refund on the Internal Revenue Service website, taxpayers need a Social Security number, the filing status that was stated on the return and the exact amount of the refund, according to the IRS. The website will show the status of returns starting 24 hours after they have been received electronically and 4 weeks after a paper copy is received in the mail.

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The online "Where's my Refund" tools shows all the information about the status of a refund from when it was received to the approval and issuance of the final payment.

The IRS website states that once a refund is received, it can take anywhere ranging from a few days to 3 weeks to process the refund. Once the refund is approved, the status will change and a date is set to forward payment to a bank or, if requested, a paper check will be issued and mailed.

When filing a return close to the April 15 deadline and it is rejected, taxpayers have until April 20 to resubmit it. Returns rejected or submitted after that date will be considered late and the processing time could be extended as a result, states TaxSlayer.com. Due to the high volume of people using the online tool to check the status of a refund, the IRS asks that taxpayers only check the information through the site once per day.

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