About 80% of Americans will receive a tax refund this year. If you’re one of them, you may be wondering, “where’s my refund?”
It sounds obvious, but “Where’s My Refund?” is actually the best place to start. Visit www.irs.gov/refunds to find the latest refund information. Here are some common questions about the information that the IRS Where’s My Refund? service can provide:
When will my refund information be available?
The information will be available 24 hours after you file electronically or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return.
How will I know my tax return is processed?
Where’s My Refund? will report on your tax return, from receipt to completion. You’ll find out whether your return is in received, approved, or sent status.
How often does “Where’s My Refund?” update?
Once per day, usually in the evening.
Can I get information faster by calling?
No. IRS phone representatives won’t have access to your refund status until 21 days after you filed electronically or 6 weeks after you mailed your paper return.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov[i]