Once the IRS accepts your return, they do not provide us further information regarding when the refunds are mailed or direct deposited. You can check the status of your federal refund at the IRS Where's My Refund? website. For additional information, see the IRS Refund FAQs page and How to Check on Your Refund (Video).

Note that the IRS Where's My Refund system updates every 24 hours (usually overnight), so there is no need to check the site more than once a day.

When to Check Your Refund Status

If you e-file, you can generally get initial refund information 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your return. If you file a paper return, refund information will generally be available four weeks after mailing your return.

Refund checks are normally sent out weekly on Fridays (Direct Deposits from the IRS are released on Wednesdays and checks are mailed on Fridays, but it may take up to 5 additional days for your bank to process and put into your account). If you check the status of your refund and are not given the date it will be issued, please wait until the next week before checking back.

What You Need to Check Refund Status 

When checking your refund status, have your federal tax return handy. To get your personalized refund information, you must enter:

  • Your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
  • Your filing status
  • Exact whole dollar refund amount shown on your tax return

 

What the Online Tool Will Tell You

  • Acknowledgment that your return was received and is being processed.
  • The mailing date or direct deposit date of your refund.
  • Notice that the IRS could not deliver your refund due to an incorrect address. In this case, you may be able to change or correct your address online.

 

Toll-free Number

You can also check the status of your refund in English or Spanish by calling the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954 or the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477.

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