Have you filed your federal tax return this year? Do you want to check the status of the IRS refund? If you already filed your complete and accurate federal tax return, your refund will be generally issued within 6 to 8 weeks from the date it is received. Normally, refund will be issued within 3 weeks after the acknowledgment date if you filed it electronically. If you are waiting for depositing your refund amount into your checking account, there’s no reason for it to remain secrecy. After filing the return, it is usual to get a little bit anxious. The IRS comprehends your anxiety, and so it has offered several ways to check the status of your IRS refund. Just by providing some personal information, you can find that when it will be deposited in your account.
Check your refund status online
Taxpayers who are expecting their federal income tax returns can utilize the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) online tool, “Where’s My Refund?” or “Donde esta mi reembolso?” to check their IRS refund status. These interactive tools are the fastest way to easily get information regarding your federal income tax refund. They provide you quick, easy and secure online access to your refund information, 24 x 7 days a week whether you split your refund in several accounts, chosen direct deposit into one account, utilized part of your refund to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds or asked the IRS to mail you a check.
72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your return, you can receive information about your refund status if you e-filed your federal income tax return. So you have to wait at least 3 days after e-filing your tax return previous to checking a refund status. Generally, refund information will be available within 3 to 4 weeks if you filed a paper return.
Previous to checking refund status, the IRS needs that you must have some of the information from your tax return. If you have a copy of your tax return, grab it. In order to get your status report, the things you will require to enter include:
- Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number that you entered at the top of your tax return
- Filing status you chose - Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er)
- Exact whole dollar refund amount shown on tax returns
If you have filed a joint income tax return, use either your personal or your spouse's Social Security Number.
On accessing "Where’s My Refund" online refund tool, you will see three different boxes to enter your Social Security number, filing status, and refund amount. Once you entered this information, click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page to view the status of your refund.
The online tool, ‘Where's My Refund?’ also contains links to modified information based on your specific situation. These links will guide you through the steps to resolve any issue affecting your refund. For instance, if you do not obtain the refund within 28 days from the original IRS mailing date displayed on Where's My Refund?, you may be able to begin a refund trace.
Taxpayers, who are visually impaired and use the Job Access With Speech (JAWS) screen reader used with a Braille display, can also access the ‘Where's My Refund?’ as it is compatible with a range of JAWS modes.
After entering the personal information, you could receive numerous responses from the online response system, including:
- The mailing date or direct deposit date of your refund.
- Acknowledgement that your return was received and is in process.
- Notice that the IRS could not deliver your refund because of an incorrect address. If this is the case, you may be able to alter or correct your address online by the use of ‘Where's My Refund?’
Check your tax refund status by phone
Taxpayers, who don’t have Internet or a computer, can check the status of their refunds in English or Spanish by calling the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954 or by calling the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477. When calling, you must provide the same information as those who use the online tool such as your filing status, Social Security number, and the exact whole dollar refund amount shown on your return. So be sure that you should also have a copy of your tax return handy.
Check your refund using an app IRS2Go
With an app IRS2Go, the IRS has gone mobile. The agency's first smart phone application lets taxpayers to check on the status of their tax refund using your mobile device. Apple users can download this IRS2Go application free just by visiting the Apple App Store. Android users have to visit the Android Marketplace for downloading the IRS2Go app free. Simply, you have to enter your Social Security number, which will be masked and encrypted for security purposes, and then filing status and expected refund amount to use IRS2Go.
The IRS refund tracking app, IRS2Go has also a "contacts" section, with telephone numbers and operating hours for the agency's various tax help lines and also the links to assist you find your local taxpayer assistance center if you desire some face-to-face help. Once you find out what's up with your refund, you can utilize the app to sign up for IRS tax updates or to follow it on the Twitter.
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