Wheres My Refund – IRS Refund Status Check

It’s that time of the year to file taxes and after those taxes are filed people are quick to ask the question “where’s my refund.”  Staying patient after filing is hard for so many people. It takes time for the IRS to process your taxes and issue your tax refund.  This guide will help breakdown the process so you can better understand when you will be receiving your money.

Where’s My Refund Process

Outside of calling the IRS and asking a representative about your tax refund here are 2 more expedient ways:

This is the IRS Refund Status page that allows customers to use the Where’s My Refund tool to check on their refund.  Users can enter some brief info so they can search their refund in the system by enter the following details:

  • Social security number
  • Filing status
  • Refund amount
  • Click the Submit button


The above information must be entered exactly as it is shown on your tax returns.  Also be aware that the Where’s My Refund tool only provides updates as your tax return and refund moves through the 3 steps in the refund process.

Check Refund Via IRS2Go App

The second option for checking on your refund is through the IRS2Go mobile app.  Download the app from Google Play, the App Store, or Amazon to your smartphone or mobile devices.  

It has features for checking your refund, submitting an secure IRS payment, finding free tax prep assistance, and more information on filing.  

Check My Refund Tips

There are a few tips that many tax filers aren’t aware of so we want to list a few things to consider with the IRS tax filing process.

  • You can start checking on refunds within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-file tax return OR 4 weeks after mailing in a paper return at wheresmyrefund.com
  • 9 out of 10 refunds are issued within 21 days
  • You will receive updates when your return is received, refund is approved, and when your refund has been sent
  • The system is updated every 24 hours which means you don’t need to check for updates but once a day
  • Where’smyrefund provides the most accurate and complete information available
  • IRS representatives can only research the status of your refund if it’s been 21 days or more since you filed electronically OR more than 6 weeks since you mailed in your paper return OR where’s my refund directs you to contact the IRS
  • By law the IRS cannot issue refunds before mid February

How to Speed Up The Process

Many people make certain mistakes that hinder their tax refund from processing faster.  One of the main issues is tax return errors. Make sure your information is correct on your tax returns.  If your return has been flagged for additional oversight by the IRS then it will take longer to process.

The IRS will always notify you if they need extra info for your returns.  There is no need to contact them.



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