Where’s my refund? Tool

Where’s My Refund? Tool helps taxpayers check the status of their refund

The best option for taxpayers to find out 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 at any time they are online.

What do I need to research my refund?

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Yes. The taxpayer needs is online access to the internet, along with three very significant pieces of information. However, before you go on the internet, we strongly recommend that you are use a secure wifi, along with a security software. The three pieces of information necessary to research your tax return include:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your filing status, and
  • The exact dollar amount of your refund

When can I start checking the status of my tax refund?

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Taxpayers, you may start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your return via e-file. However, for those who file by paper, your best bet is to wait at least four weeks after you mail in the paper return. Where’s My Refund? According to the IRS, the tool includes a tracking option that should display at what phase your return is at. There are 3 phases, the first is confirmation that the IRS receives the tax return, the next is that the IRS approves the refund, and the last is that the IRS sends the refund back to the tax filer.

Where’s my refund? Updates Once a Day. 

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There will be no need to check more than once a day to learn where the status of your refund is with the IRS refund tool. Taxpayers don’t need to check more often.

Can I Track My Tax Return on my mobile device?

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There is a mobile app available through the IRS now as well, IRS2Go. Taxpayers on the go can follow their tax return and discover where the refund is at on their mobile devices. This free app, IRS2Go app, is available to anyone who files with the IRS.

How do I track my Amended Tax Return?

Are you wondering how to track your amended return? Besides the Where’s My Refund? Tool, The IRS has another tool, Where’s My Amended Return? Those who file an amended return should check out the Where’s My Amended Return? tool.

How long does it take the IRS to process my my tax refund?

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Usually, the IRS will release most refunds in 21 days or less. However, some tax refunds can take longer. The IRS has representatives who are available to research the status of refunds, but only when the refund has been 21 days or more since a taxpayer filed electronically. For those taxpayers who filed a paper return, expect to wait 6 weeks for any help on researching your tax return status. And, remember, the tool for “Where’s My Refund” is is available to help you discover status of your tax refund.

When Should I Contact the IRS About My Missing Refund?

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Taxpayers may contact the IRS when the Where’s My Refund? instructs them to do so. Please note that the IRS will NEVER call you or email you about your tax refund. The IRS will either use this tool to direct you or the IRS will send you a letter. Please don’t fall for the scams that are clever enough to tease you into calling a fake phone number or respond to a bad email link.

Do you have more questions about how to access the status of your tax return?

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As one of 150 million tax filers, you will be curious as to the status of your tax return. We are here to help you. In fact, we can file your taxes for you and save you the grief of wondering how to file your taxes correctly. Accuracy is the most important step you must take when filing your tax return. This is especially when it comes to avoiding an audit. Worthtax has a year-round tax team of experts, and we are here to help you. Alex Franch, BS EA, is an enrolled agent with the IRS. Call him at 781.849.7200 or email the office at contactus@worthtax.com to schedule your appointment. You may also go online and schedule your appointment now. The earlier you schedule your appoint, the earlier you get your refund. And, when you owe, it is better to know in advance so you can write and mail that check before the April 15th deadline (or 17th for those taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts).

Alex Franch, BS EA

Alex Franch, BS EA, Tax Consultant, Tax Planner, Business Tax Planner, Accountant, Tax Planning, Business Taxes, Corporate Tax PlanningAlex is a Tax Specialist and Partner at Joseph Cahill & Associates / WorthTax. He has a diverse background including a Bachelor of Science from Boston College in Mathematics and extensive military service. Alex is an Enrolled Agent and has a decade of tax preparation experience. He is passionate about serving businesses with tax and financial planning strategies. Mr. Franch is licensed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He holds a Series 6, 63, 65, and 7, and by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Insurance. Alex Franch is a registered representative of, and offers securities and investment advisory services through, Commonwealth Financial Network. He is a registered broker-dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.

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