What Is "Where's My Refund"?


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"Where's My Refund?" is a method of checking the status of a federal income tax refund, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers access the system online or through the IRS2Go app. Users can check the status of both e-filed returns and paper returns using "Where's My Refund?"

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What Is "Where's My Refund"?
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The status of income tax refunds updates only once every 24 hours, notes the IRS. Checking the "Where's My Refund?" system multiple times a day won't produce different results, because of the update schedule. A taxpayer inputs his Social Security Number, filing status and exact amount of the refund to check on the refund status. Users who e-file returns find themselves in the system in about 24 hours, while paper return filers need to wait about 4 weeks to check the status.

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