Where's My IRS Refund?


Use Where’s My Refund? to Check the Status of Your Refund,

The improved Where’s My Refund? tool will give you personalized refund information based on the processing of your 2012 tax return.

Just use the IRS2Go phone app or go to IRS.gov. Both are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we have received your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return.

To use Where’s My Refund? have your tax return handy so you can provide your social security number, filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund.

Where’s My Refund? has a new look this year! The tool will include a tracker that displays progress through 3 stages:

1. Return Received,

2. Refund Approved and,

3. Refund Sent.

Where’s My Refund? will provide an actual person-alized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. So in a change from previous filing seasons, taxpayers won’t get an estimated refund date right away. Updates to refund status are made once a day—usually at night.

Where’s My Refund? includes information for the most recent return filed in the current year and does not include information about amended returns.



Don’t count on getting your refund by a certain date to make major purchases or pay other financial obligations. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, it’s possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer. 

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