How Do You Locate Your Federal Tax Refund?


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You can find out when to expect your annual tax refund from the IRS at IRS.gov. The IRS also has a mobile app, IRS2Go, that lets you check your refund status.

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If you file your taxes online, you can obtain updates on the status of your return within three days of its acceptance by the IRS, according to IRS.gov. If you file a paper income tax return, the IRS advises waiting a minimum of four weeks before checking for status updates. The agency subsequently posts updates to your refund status at least once every 24 hours.

To check the status of your refund at IRS.gov, click on Refunds. Choose Where's My Refund? and enter your Social Security number or your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, your filing status, and the exact refund amount. You can find your filing status at the top of the first page of your Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. The exact refund amount is at the end of your tax return.

As of 2015, you can also check your federal tax refund status by calling (800) 829-1954. You need the same three pieces of information as you do for checking online, according to TurboTax. The IRS mobile app, IRS2Go, is available from the Google Play store, iTunes and Amazon.com. TurboTax has a similar app, MyTaxRefund, for iPhone and Android.

If you opt to have your refund check directly deposited, your bank may require two to five additional days to transfer the funds into your account, explains H&R Block.

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