Track your Tax Return
Refund Online at
Where's My Refund?
You filed your tax return and you're
expecting a refund. You have just one
question and you want the answer now -
Where's My Refund?
Whether you opted for direct deposit or
asked IRS to mail you a check, you can
track your refund through this secure
Don’t fall for any email scams about
your refund! IRS never initiates emails!
Looking for your
Where's My Stimulus Payment?
This Gov. application is no
To get to your personal refund
information, be ready to enter your:
Social Security Number (or IRS
Individual Taxpayer Identification
Filing status (Single, Married Filing
Joint Return, Married Filing Separate
Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er))
Exact refund amount shown on your return
If you don’t receive your refund within the
28 day period from the original IRS mailing
date shown on Where’s My Refund?, you
can start a refund trace online.
If Where’s My Refund? shows that IRS was
unable to deliver your refund, you can
change your address online.
Where’s My Refund? will prompt you when
these features are available for your
We all look forward to and refund we may
be getting, and waiting can seem like an
eternity. Fortunately now that Uncle Sam
has set up this tracking system it's far
easier to find out where your money is
Track Your Prepare Income Taxes, Where's
Now you can stop bugging your mail
Now you can go online or call a special
toll-free number to check your refund
status, regardless of whether you're
awaiting a check in the mail or you've
instructed the IRS to directly deposit
your tax cash into one or multiple
Ever since 2003, taxpayers have been
able to use the IRS' "Where's My
Refund?" Web page to track down refunds.
But exactly when you need this service
depends on how you filed your return.
Processing times differ for paper and
electronically filed 1040s. Plus how you
ask the IRS to send you your money also
makes a difference, check or direct
If you e-file and request direct
deposit, it shouldn't take very long to get your
refund. If you filed a paper return and
asked that your check be mailed to you,
it could take up to two months.
If you have any questions about exactly
what information the IRS wants, the
"Where's My Refund?" program has links
that will open up new windows with
explanations of where you can find the
If you prefer using a telephone, you
still can call the IRS to track down
your refund. A special automated
toll-free line is dedicated to refund
status reports. When you call (800)
829-1954, you'll need the same
information the online system requires.
It's always a good idea to have paper
and pen ready to jot down any
information, or additional instructions
for follow-up phone numbers that you
might receive during the call.
In most cases, the IRS says a taxpayer
will learn via the Web site or by phone
that his or her return was received and
is being processed.
When the tax check is indeed in the
mail, the tracking systems will provide
the date it was sent out or directly
deposited to the filer's chosen account.
If, for some reason the U.S. Postal
Service bounced your refund check back
to the IRS as undeliverable, the IRS
online tracker allows some taxpayers to
correct or change their mailing
addresses online so they can get their
site and use it to your benefit, were
glad to help, Enjoy!