If Uncle Sam owes you a refund, then you’re probably wondering how you can check on the status of these funds.
We have three ways you can follow your federal tax refund’s status:
You can use the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund?” web tool to see if your return’s been received, if your refund’s been approved and if your refund’s been sent.
Updated daily, the IRS says “Where’s My Refund?” has the most up-to-date information about your taxes, and allows you to start tracking your returns beginning 24 hours after the IRS has received your e-filed return and about four weeks after mailing in your paper return.
Have this information on hand to use “Where’s My Refund?”:
Your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
Your filing status (i.e., single, married and filing a joint return, married and filing a separate return, head of household)
Your exact refund amount (it’s important to provide the exact whole dollar amount so you get an accurate response)
Or call 800-829-1954 anytime to access the audio version of the tool
The IRS can’t issue refunds for returns with these credits before mid-February, so Where’s My Refund? or any tax software you may use won’t have refund information until at least February 23, 2019 for most of the early EITC and ACTC filers.
Want to check your tax refund status while on the go? The IRS has the “IRS2Go” mobile app. It’s free and you download it through Google Play, the Apple App Store, or through Amazon.
Just like “Where’s My Refund?,” you can use the app to check your refund’s status 24 hours after the IRS has received your e-filed return or about four weeks after mailing in your paper return.
Although the IRS says it expects to issue refunds in approximately 21 days of filing in 2019, some returns might take a little longer.
The IRS recommends you give them a call in the following instances:
It’s been 21 days or more since you e-filed
It’s been 6 weeks or more since you mailed your return
"Where's My Refund" tells you to contact the IRS