Wondering where your federal income tax refund is? One of the best ways to check is to use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS website and the IRS2Go app.
According to the IRS, the information is updated once a day (usually overnight) and gives taxpayers a projected refund issuance date as soon as it is approved.
To access the “Where’s My Refund?” tool, go to: https://www.irs.gov/refunds.
To use the online tool, taxpayers will need to enter their Social Security number, tax filing status (single, married, head of household) and exact amount of the tax refund claimed on the return.
Taxpayers who file electronically can check the tool within 24 hours after they receive their e-file acceptance notification. The tool can tell taxpayers when their tax return has been received, when the refund is approved and the date the refund is to be issued.
How long does it take the IRS to issue a refund?
The IRS issues nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has warned that its live phone assistance is extremely limited. The following notice on the possible delay in processing paper tax returns was on the IRS website at the time of this writing:
“Ordering a tax transcript will not speed delivery of tax refunds nor does the posting of a tax transcript to a taxpayer’s account determine the timing of a refund delivery,” the IRS said in a recent statement. “Calls to request transcripts for this purpose are unnecessary. Transcripts are available online and by mail at Get Transcript.”
Reasons a tax fund may take more time
There are several reasons a tax refund may take longer, including:
- Some tax returns require additional review.
- The return may include errors or be incomplete.
- The return could be affected by identity theft or fraud.
- The return includes a claim for the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit.
- The time between the IRS issuing the refund and the bank posting it to an account since many banks do not process payments on weekends or holidays.
The IRS will contact taxpayers by mail if more information is needed to process a return.