IRS Wheres My Refund? How to Check your IRS.gov Refund Status

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UPDATED – May 16, 2019:    With many Americans using online tax preparation software such as TurboTax, FreeTaxUSA or H&R Block, you are able to expedite the process and e-file tax returns to receive our refund sooner.

Electronic filing allows taxpayers to check the IRSWheresMyRefund site 24 hours after e-filing taxes online and four weeks after filing a paper tax return to inquire the status.

IRS Where Is My Refund?

Once the IRS has accepted your e-filed tax return, you can expect to receive your tax refund within approximately 21 days.

To check the status of your tax return, access the Internal Revenue System’s secure website or mobile app, IRS2Go.

Note: An update may not be available until 72 hours after receipt.

How to Check Tax Refund Status

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Individuals are able to view the tax refund status on the website as well as IRS2Go app within 24 hours after the approval.

To begin follow the steps below…

—  Clicking the “Refund Status” tab
—  Enter your Social Security number, as well as how you filed and the income tax refund amount.

As the IRS processes your tax return, they have a better idea of what your personalized refund date will be.

If you choose, direct deposit will automatically deposit your refund to your bank account automatically.

As mentioned before filing a tax return electronically using one of the many free tax preparation websites such as; TaxHawk.com, FreeTaxUSA, TurboTax, H&R Block or the IRS Free File will get your refund quicker.

Putting that extra cash back in your bank account ready for you to decide how to use it.

IRS Refund Status & Schedule

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Now that you know how to TrackMyRefund it’s time to think about how you will spend that refund.

With most Americans, 30% choosing to pay off debt and 28% choosing to invest or save their tax refunds there are still some of us that like to spend our refunds as a little bonus.

Some choose to plan a vacation or buy necessities such as new clothes for their children or maybe a new television for the family. IRS page to check refunds

Individuals can check the status of their tax refunds 24 hours after the Internal Revenue Service accepts the electronic return. And up to four weeks after a paper filing.

The status is updated once a day usually overnight.

Check Where’s My Refund With IRS2Go

Additionally, the Internal Revenue service has developed a phone app IRS2Go which can be accessed via your mobile device or tablet.

This gives users the same status as visiting Where is My Refund. Both the website and the app updates your information once every 24 hours.

Everyone is eager to receive their refunds, but always visiting IRS.gov to TrackMyRefund is no longer necessary.  Simply visit www.IRS.gov or download the IRS2Go mobile app to view updates on your filing.

Note: It is not possible to check status of your amended tax returns, business tax information or prior year tax return information. If filed on time, your previous year’s refund information is available until December.

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NOTE: We are not an affiliate with IRS2Go, IRS.gov. You should NOT contact us with any sensitive information that is of a personal nature. We are merely a resource that provides information.

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