How Do You Find Out Where Your Refund Is?


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To find out the status of a federal tax refund, visit the IRS refund-tracking page and submit the online form, or use the mobile app version. Submit an online refund-tracking-request form to find information about the status of a state tax refund.

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Taxpayers seeking information about the status of a federal refund are directed to visit the "Where's My Refund" page on the IRS website, as of 2014.

The IRS gives taxpayers two choices for obtaining the information. The first choice is to submit an online form that includes Social Security number, taxpayer filing status and the expected refund amount due. The second choice is to provide the same information via a mobile app. It is important to note that the IRS issues refunds within a designated period of time after receiving a tax return. Therefore, it is preferable to wait until after this period is over before submitting a form to initiate a refund trace. The same rule holds true for phoning the IRS directly about a tax refund.

State refund tracing works similar to the federal system. Where applicable, a taxpayer can submit an online form to find out the status of a state refund. To avoid delays, taxpayers must fill out refund-tracking forms with correct information, including the exact refund amount.

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