The Internal Revenue Service advises taxpayers that the fastest and easiest way to check on tax refunds is by using the Where’s My Refund?  tool on IRS.gov or through the IRS2G mobile app.

Taxpayers can use Where’s My Refund? to start checking their refund status within 24 hours after an e-filed return is received or four weeks after the taxpayer mails a paper return.

The tool’s tracker displays progress through three phases:

  1. Return Received,
  2. Refund Approved and
  3. Refund Sent.

Most tax refunds are issued within 21 days, however, some may take longer. There are several reasons this can happen:

  • 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 may vary since many banks do not process payments on weekends or holidays.
  • The return may require additional review.
  • The return may include errors or be incomplete.
  • The return could be affected by identity theft or fraud.

The IRS will contact taxpayers by mail if more information is needed to process a return.

Source: IRS.gov

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