Wheres My Refund

Wheres My Refund

Wheres My Refund

Where Is My Refund?

Millions of Americans depend on their tax refunds to make major purchases.  If you haven't received your refund yet, don't worry—the IRS processes over 90 percent of tax refunds within 21 days.  In this guide we'll cover how to get your refund regardless of how you filed, even if you're disabled or don't have access to the internet to use the most commonly used tools for finding out where your refund is.

The IRS website contains an array of information about your refund, and you can choose the following options while checking the status of your refund:

·  split the refund between several accounts

·  ask the IRS to direct deposit the refund into your account

·  tell the IRS to mail the check

·  use the refund to buy U.S. Savings Bonds

If you simply want to check the status of your refund, you have several options depending on how you submitted your taxes. 

I Filed My Taxes Online.  Where Is My Refund?

You'll find an answer to your question of “where is my refund?” most easily if you filed online.  E-filers can generally check on the status of their refund 72 hours after the IRS has confirmed that your return was received.  Until that time, your return won't be in the system and you won't be able to track it.

Once 72 hours has passed, go to this website: (https://sa2.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp) and fill in the information requested.  In order to successfully obtain the status of your refund, you'll need to know the Social Security number of the person who is filing, the filing status of the person with that Social Security number, and the exact dollar amount that your refund was estimated to be.  After you submit this information, you will be informed of where your refund is and how long you can expect it to be until it is sent to you via check or direct deposit.

Be ready to provide the following information:

·  social security number of taxpayer identification number

·  filing status, such as single, married joint return, married separate return, head of household, or qualifying widower

·   the exact amount of your refund indicated on your tax return

Once you provide the following information, you’ll get several responses:

·  indication that the IRS received your return and the return is being processed

·  the mailing date or the date of the direct deposit for your refund

·  notice that the IRS received an incorrect address, in which case you can change your mailing address

I Filed On Paper.  Where Is My Refund?

Paper filers can follow most of the same procedure as e-filers, but there is one important exception.  While e-filing allows tax refunds to enter the “where is my refund” system faster, mailed returns take significantly longer.  On average, the IRS says you can expect it to take four weeks from the date you mailed your return for it to appear in the system.

I Don't Have Internet Access.  Where Is My Refund?

If you don't have internet access, you'll want to dial the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954.  Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish.  Then press 1 to check on the status of your refund.  You'll then be prompted to use the keypad of your phone to enter your Social Security number.  After you input and confirm your Social Security number, you'll be prompted to enter a number for your filing status—the numbers for each filing status will be given to you on the hotline.  Then, you'll input the amount of your refund with your keypad.  If you've entered the information correctly, you will be given the expected date of your refund and told where in the process your refund currently is.

I'm Checking With a Smartphone.  Where Is My Refund?

The IRS now makes a “where's my refund” app available in the Android Marketplace and Apple App Store.  Download the app and follow the on-screen instructions to find out where your refund is.  You will need your Social Security number, filing status, and the amount of your refund.

I'm Blind or Deaf.  Where Is My Refund?

Blind filers may call the hotline, and the “where's my refund” tool is made to work in conjunction with assistive software.  Deaf filers may use relay to phone the hotline or can use the online or smartphone tools.

Where is my Refund? Information on Business Tax Returns:

If you need information on a refund besides U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, you can call (800) 829-4933 if you live in the United States.  If you live outside of the United States, call (267) 941-1000. 

Where is my Refund? Amended Tax Returns:

You cannot check the status of a refund for an amended tax return online.  Amended tax returns can take 8 to 12 weeks to process.  If you have not received your refund 8 weeks after you filed the amended tax return, call (800) 829-1040 if you live in the United States.  Call (267) 941-1000 if you live outside of the United States.

Where is my Refund? Availability of Information:

If you filed your tax return before July 1, you can view information about the return until the second or third week of December in the same year.  If the refund was returned to the IRS by the U.S. Post Office as undeliverable, you can view information about the refund until you file the next year’s tax return. 

If you filed the return after July 1, you can view information about your refund until you file the next year’s return. 


Alabama Refund Status

Alaska Refund Status : No Income Tax

Arizona Refund Status

Arkansas Refund Status

California Refund Status

Colorado Refund Status

Connecticut Refund Status

Delaware Refund Status

D.C Refund Status

Florida Refund Status : No Income Tax

Georgia Refund Status

Hawaii Refund Status

Idaho Refund Status

Illinois Refund Status

Indiana Refund Status

Iowa Refund Status

Kansas Refund Status

Kentucky Refund Status

Louisiana Refund Status

Maine Refund Status

Maryland Refund Status

Massachusetts Refund Status

Michigan Refund Status

Minnesota Refund Status

Mississippi Refund Status

Missouri Refund Status

Montana Refund Status

Nebraska Refund Status

Nevada Refund Status : No Income Tax

New Hampshire Refund Status : No Income Tax

New Jersey Refund Status

New Mexico Refund Status

New York Refund Status

North Carolina Refund Status

North Dakota Refund Status

Ohio Refund Status

Oklahoma Refund Status

Oregon Refund Satus

Pennsylvania Refund Status

Rhode Island Refund Status

South Carolina Refund Status

South Dakota Refund Status : No Income Tax

Tennessee Refund Status : No Income Tax

Texas Refund Status : No Income Tax

Utah Refund Status

Vermont Refund Status

Virginia Refund Status

Washington Refund Status : No Income Tax

West Virginia Refund Status

Wisconsin Refund Status

Wyoming Refund Status : No Income Tax


FORM 706, Estate Tax Return

FORM 706, Instructions

FORM 709, Gift Tax Return

FORM 709 Instructions


FORM 1040, Individual Income Tax Return

FORM 1040A, Individual Income Tax Return

FORM 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return 

FORM 1040EZ, Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers with No Dependents

FORM 1041, Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts

FORM 1041, Instructions

FORM 1041 ES, Estimated Income Tax for Estates and Trust

FORM 1065, Return of Partnership Income 

FORM 1099, Miscellaneous Income

FORM W-2, Wage and Tax Statement 

FORM 1120, Corporation Income Tax Return

FORM 1120, Instructions

FORM 1120S, S-Corporation Income Tax Return

FORM 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return


FORM 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return

FORM 720, Instructions

FORM 2290, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Return

FORM 5330, Employee Benefit Plans

FORM 5330, Instructions


FORM 940, Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return

FORM 941, Quarterly Federal Tax Return




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