Where is my refund?

IRS refund statusYou can check the status of your refund after filing your income tax return using the “Where’s My Refund” function on the IRS website.

Where is my refund?

  1. E-filed return refunds typically take 10 to 21 days to process. E-filed taxes are quicker than paper returns. According to the IRS, the processing of 90% of refunds is within this 21-day window.
  2. Projections for processing refunds at first may alter. For example, backlogs in processing or mistakes on your tax return may be to blame.
  3. Occasionally, a delay is advantageous. The IRS agrees that identity fraud has significantly increased as criminals try to steal tax withholdings. The IRS uses data-matching tools to uncover as much of this illicit conduct as possible. This means that the IRS will delay processing your return if it suspects that there is fraudulent activity.

How do I check my refund status?

Visit irs.gov/refunds and click on “Check My Refund Status” to find out the status of your refund in the meantime. Here are some more FAQs:

When can I check to see my refund status?

  • 24 hours after receipt of an e-filed tax return confirmation
  • Four weeks after the mailing of a paper-filed tax return

What do I need to provide to check my refund status?

  • Social Security number
  • Filing status
  • Exact refund amount

Remember that the IRS’s information is not a promise of payment. Therefore, please refrain from using your refund before you get it. Regrettably, calling or checking won’t affect how quickly you get your money. Since 150 million tax returns are filed annually, sometimes the only option is to wait.

In the meantime, feel free to contact our RRBB accountants and advisors if you have any questions. We can also provide you with tips to make sure your tax return doesn’t get stuck and explain what to do if your e-filed tax return is rejected by the IRS.


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