The Internal Revenue Service offers two easy methods for taxpayers to check their refund statuses, including its Where's My Refund? tool and the IRS2Go mobile application, states the IRS. To use either method, taxpayers must know their Social Security numbers or individual taxpayer identification numbers, filing statuses and the exact amounts of their refunds.
The Where's My Refund? tool is updated no more frequently than one time every 24 hours, notes the IRS. Updates are generally initiated overnight. To use the Where's My Refund? tool, taxpayers navigate to the IRS website and click on the Refunds tab from the options on the home page. The tool is usable within 24 hours after receipt of the refund via e-file or 4 weeks after mailing a paper return to the IRS. To use the tool, taxpayers click the Where's My Refund? link from the Refunds page and enter the information requested when prompted. Alternately, taxpayers with smartphones can download the IRS2Go mobile app from the Google Play Store, Apple App Store or Amazon Apps; the tool works in the same fashion as the tool on the IRS website.
The IRS normally issues refunds to taxpayers within 21 days of receiving their tax returns, notes the IRS. Taxpayers should not try to contact the IRS other than using the tools provided unless 21 days has passed since the tax return was accepted by the IRS.