The IRS.giv website has a lot of options and a lot of people want to know the basic info regarding where their refund is. Luckily finding out this information is pretty simple.
www.IRS.gov. click where is my refund
The IRS have done a good job at making information regarding your refund, when it’ll be with you, how to check on it and what do to do if it doesn’t arrive.
If you head over to IRS.gov on the right hand side of the home page you will see a button on the right hand side under filing and payment that says Where’s My Refund?
Click on that button and you can see this Youtube video explaining in detail where it may be.
They say that after you file your return online your refund will be ready to be checked on within 24 hours and within 4 weeks if you files a paper return. You only need to check one time per day using their “where’s my refund” system.
Just as a precaution you are warned that your privacy is not private when using the service to check on the refund itself.
So, some more details sourced from the IRS site about where’s my refund can be read below.
What information is Available on Where’s My Refund?
Refund information for the most current tax year that you filed will generally be available 72 hours after we acknowledge receipt of your e-filed return, or three to four weeks after you mail your paper return.
What information is Not Available on Where’s My Refund?
- Amended Tax Return (Form 1040X) Information
Where’s My Refund? does not track refunds that are claimed on amended tax returns.
Amended/corrected returns may take 8 to 12 weeks, or longer, to process.
If it’s been more than 8 weeks since you filed your amended return and you haven’t received your refund, please contact a customer service representative by calling 800-829-1040. From outside the U.S., call 267-941-1000. TTY/TDD: 800-829-4059.
- Business Tax Return Information
If you need refund information on federal tax returns other than U.S. Individual Income Tax (Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ) please call us, toll free, at 800-829-4933. From outside the U.S., call 267-941-1000. TTY/TDD: 800-829-4059.
- Prior Year Refund Information
Information on Where’s My Refund? will be for the latest tax year that we have on file for you.
Example: You filed your 2009 tax return on January 1, 2010 and then filed your 2008 tax return on February 1, 2010. The information available on Where’s My Refund will be for the 2009 tax return even though you filed your 2008 return after your 2009 return
How Long Will My Refund Information be Available?
For U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns filed before July 1:
Your refund information will remain available on Where’s My Refund? until around the second or third week in December.
If your refund check was returned to us as undeliverable by the U.S. Post Office, your refund information will remain available on Where’s My Refund? throughout the following year until you file tax return for a more current tax year.
For U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns filed on or after July 1:
Your refund information will remain available throughout the following year until you file a tax return for a more current tax year.
Can I change my mailing address online?
If your refund was returned to us by the U.S. Postal Service you may be able to change the address we have on file for you, online. Where’s My Refund? will offer this service to you if you’re eligible.
What if my refund was lost, stolen, or destroyed?
Generally, you can file an online claim for a replacement check if it’s been more than 28 days from the date that we mailed your refund. Where’s My Refund? will give you detailed information about filing a claim if this situation applies to you.
Source: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/About–Where’s-My-Refund%3F-. Information is also available in Spanish.
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So, are you going to get a refund this year?