When can I check on my refund?
- Did you file your tax return electronically? Within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return.
- Did you file a paper return? Four weeks after mailing your tax return.
- Did you file an amended return? Refund information won’t be available online, whether you filed your tax return electronically or on paper. Call the IRS at 800-829-1040 (TTY/TDD 800-829-4059.) You can, however, check the status of your amended tax return with Where’s My Amended Return? on IRS.gov. It should generally be available three weeks after you mail the amended tax return to the IRS.
When checking on your refund, have this information available:
- Your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or your spouse’s SSN or ITIN, if you filed a joint tax return.
- Your filing status (single, head of household, married filing joint, or married filing separate).
- The exact refund amount shown on the tax return.
- If you chose to get your refund by direct deposit or paper check.
- If you selected direct deposit, did you ask the IRS to divide it among multiple accounts?
Was the refund a Refund Anticipation Check or Refund Anticipation Loan? Contact your tax return preparer.
If you didn’t receive your refund or didn’t get the amount you expected, there are several possible reasons why
There are steps you can take to determine which of the above reasons is most likely — the I don’t have my refund common situation will take you through the possibilities.