Where is my IRS Tax Refund?

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15 Jul Where is my IRS Tax Refund?

Where is my IRS Tax Refund?

Are you pleasantly surprised by an IRS Tax Refund this year? With COVID-19 shutdowns impacting everyone and stimulus checks just not cutting it, a tax refund is a welcome relief.

Shortly after you file your return, go to Where’s My Refund (or the fancy IRS app) to find the status of your IRS tax refund. Updated once a day, usually overnight, this useful tool gives taxpayers a projected refund issuance date upon approval. If you file electronically, you can check within 24 hours from the e-file acceptance notification.

A few items of note

Normally, the IRS issues nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days, but this will be lengthened due to COVID-19. The fastest way to get a refund is to use IRS e-file and direct deposit. You can even have your refunds divided into up to three separate accounts. Ordering a tax transcript will not speed delivery of tax refunds nor does the posting of a tax transcript determine the timing of a refund delivery.

To use the Where’s My Refund” tool, you will need to enter your SSN, tax filing status (single, married, head of household) and exact amount of the tax refund claimed on the return.

Some refunds may take longer

Obviously, the IRS is impacted by limited staffing. So, if you filed a paper tax return, the return will be processed in the order in which it was received. Do not file a second tax return or call the IRS, sorting this out will only make it take longer.

There are many different factors affecting the timing of your refund: your return requires additional review; you have collection actions from prior years, etc. It is also important to consider the time it takes your bank to post the refund to an account.

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