Where’s My Tax Refund?
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:
- Return Received,
- Refund Approved and
- 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.