Once the IRS accepts an e-filed return, they do not provide us further information regarding when the refunds are mailed or direct deposited.
For additional information, see the IRS Tax Season Refund Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Note. 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.
You can generally get initial refund information 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return. For paper-filed returns, refund information will generally be available four weeks after mailing the 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 five additional days for the bank to process and deposit the funds). If you check the refund status and are not given an issuance date, please wait until the next week before checking back.
When checking refund status, have the federal tax return handy. To get personalized refund information, you must enter:
To check the status of a refund in English or Spanish, call the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954 or the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477.
Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.