How to Check Your Refund Status

You’ve filed your taxes, and now you’re impatient because this is worse than waiting for your Amazon order to arrive. So how do you check when your money will come in the mail or drop in your account? You have a few options. See the below, and get your peace of mind.

How about going directly to the source? The IRS has a simple system called Where’s My Refund? to help you figure out just that. Grab your tax return to reference the three pieces of information you need: your Social Security Number, filing status, and exact refund amount. The site will process your request and a progress with appear stating: Received, Processed, and Sent. The status of your refund will reflect one to three of these. There also might be a message stating your information is unavailable if you jumped the gun. If the IRS has sent your refund, the date it was mailed and the latest date you can expect it will appear.

Call the IRS

You can also call the IRS one of two ways, if that will better ease your anxiety. Automated service is available every day of the week, 24 hours a day, and you can check you status in either English or Spanish – just called 1-800-829-1954. For live assistance, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 between 7 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday.

Third Party

If you filed your taxes through a third party, they will likely have similar tools for you – a site-driven status tracker, or a phone number to easily get in the know.

Whether calling or checking the web, give e-filed returns 72 hours to process, and mailed-in returns at least 3 weeks. Ready to put your cash-in day on the calendar? Grab your tax return and get in the know!

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