Where is My IRS Refund

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Where's My Refund is a common question asked by millions of Americans. When will you receive your tax refund? The answer depends on how you filed your return. The IRS should issue your refund check within six to eight weeks of filing a paper return. If you chose to receive your refund through direct deposit, you should receive it within a week. If you use e-file, your refund should be issued between two and three weeks. The individual tax return you filed for a refund this year (or the last six months of last year) can be accessed through "Where's My Refund?". You can check on the status of your refund 24 hours after you e-file. If you filed a paper return, please allow 4 weeks before checking on the status.

The best way for taxpayers to check the status of their refund is to use the Where's My Refund? tool on IRS.gov. This tool gives taxpayers access to their tax return and refund status anytime. All they need is internet access and three pieces of information:

  • Their Social Security number
  • Their filing status
  • The exact whole dollar amount of their refund

Taxpayers can start checking on the status of their return within 24 hours after the IRS received their e-filed return, or four weeks after they mail a paper return. Where’s My Refund? includes a tracker that displays progress through three stages: the IRS receives the tax return, then approves the refund, and sends the refund.

Where’s My Refund? Updates once a day, so taxpayers don’t need to check more often.

Taxpayers on the go can track their return and refund status on their mobile devices using the free IRS2Go app. Those who file an amended return should check out the Where’s My Amended Return? tool.

Generally, the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, but some may take longer. IRS phone and walk-in representatives can research the status of refunds only if it's been 21 days or more since a taxpayer filed electronically, or more than six weeks since they mailed a paper return. Taxpayers can also contact the IRS if Where's My Refund? directs them to do so.

Where's My Refund? is available almost all of the time. However, the system is not available every Monday from 12:00 am (Midnight) to 3:00 am Eastern Time.
The Refund Trace feature is not available during the following times (Eastern Time):

Sunday12:00 am (Midnight) to 7:00 pm
Monday12:00 am (Midnight) to 6:00 am
Tuesday3:30 am to 6:00 am
Wednesday3:30 am to 6:00 am
Thursday3:30 am to 6:00 am
Friday3:30 am to 6:00 am
Saturday3:30 am to 6:00 am
and 9:00 pm to 12:00 am (Midnight)

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Where's my State Tax Refund

If You've Been Tracking Your State Refund and it's Taking Longer than Expected:
Click your state below to get the contact information for your state's Department of Revenue, and contact them.
To Track Your State Refund:
Click or tap your state below for refund lookup instructions.
You may be asked for the state refund amount you're expecting, to use your state's tracking tool.

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