You spend all that time gathering all your documents and receipts to make certain your tax return is filed properly and on time. Then you nervously double and even triple check the math to make certain that you are in fact due a refund. So now you are ready to file your tax return and you either mail in all those documents or your file electronically. After the tax return is on the way you probably are wondering how to check on the status of your tax refund. Here are a few ways that you can get the answer you are looking for.
The first thing to understand is that depending on how you filed the return, it takes the Internal Revenue Service a different amount of time to even acknowledge receipt of it. If you mailed your return, it could take up to three weeks before it is even entered in the system and accepted. If you filed electronically, you return is usually accepted within only a few days. Once the return is accepted, then the waiting game begins. The time from being accepted to being approved can range from ten to twenty-one days if there is no problems detected on the return. So you waited this long, how can you check on the status of the refund?
The first thing you can do is call the Internal Revenue Service toll free number and see when the refund was processed. You will need to provide the whole dollar amount of the refund, your filing status, and
your social security number to be able to access the automated IRS tax refund information. The automated system will scan their database and tell you if the refund was approved and what date it will be sent to you.
Another way that you can get information on a tax refund status is to call the Internal Revenue Service and speak with a representative. The IRS has several telephone numbers on their website which you can use for inquiries, tax return refunds is one of them. When you speak with an agent at the IRS they will ask you the same information required to access the automated system. Once you provide those pieces of information, you will be given the details of your refund status.
If you have access to the internet you can check the status of your tax refund by using the “Where’s My Refund” website provided by the Internal Revenue Service. Here you will need to input your social security number, filing status, and the whole dollar amount of the refund due. The system will identify your refund status and give you details on where the refund has been paid.
Remember that if you requested a check, this can take a few extra weeks to process and get to you. If you requested that the Internal Revenue Service simply deposit the money electronically into your bank account, the money will be there the day the IRS says they are issuing the refund with no delay.