How Long Do You Have to Wait After Filing to Track Your Refund Status?

How Long Do You Have to Wait After Filing to Track Your Refund Status?

Wait 24 hours after the IRS has received an electronic e-filed tax return or four weeks after filing a paper return to check the status of the refund on that return. The IRS offers a tracking tool on its website as well as a mobile app for checking refund status.

Tax returns must be processed and approved before an exact date can be set for delivery of a refund. Most refunds are issued within 21 days of the return being received; however, refunds may take longer during peak tax seasons. Refund status as displayed on the IRS website and app is updated once a day, usually at night.