Where's My Refund info on my
Federal Income Tax Return
& State or Federal Income Tax
Where's My Stimulus Payment?
Taxpayers can quickly go online this year and check the status of their individual federal income tax refunds!
Our mission is providing free information to taxpayers starting today on Federal income tax return - IRS tax refund information - federal income tax refund and tax return status
"Where's My Refund?" is the first Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web-based "fed tax return" service giving U.S. taxpayers direct internet-access to their personal tax refund & tax return filing, refund and account information.
Information on your federal tax refund federal income tax return federal income tax refund status is now available on the-internet 24X7 for your income tax refund and tax return information.
"Where's My Refund?" is Quick
Taxpayers can quickly check the status of their individual federal income tax refunds with just a few key-strokes - anytime, from anywhere. Where's My Refund? is self-service - at taxpayers' convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide.
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"Where's My Refund?" is Easy
Taxpayers access their individual refund information by entering personal identification information, similar to entering personal identification numbers (PIN) at bank automated teller machines. Taxpayers must enter three personal identifiers - personal information shared only between the taxpayer and IRS:
1. The taxpayer's Social Security number
(SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
2. The taxpayer's filing status; and
3. The exact amount of refund "dollars and cents" from the tax return.
"Where's My Refund?" is Safe
Taxpayers interact online with The IRS thru technology protecting confidentiality of their personal tax return information.
Where's My Refund? was extensively tested to meet strict IRS security and privacy certifications. Safeguards include locking site entries for 24 hours after a pre-determined number of unsuccessful attempts using personal identification information that does not match IRS records.
Taxpayers can avoid unsuccessful attempts by entering personal identification information exactly as shown on their individual federal income tax returns.
To ensure privacy, IRS requires taxpayers to enter personal identification information (SSN, filing status, exact refund amount) to verify they are authorized to access those accounts. Where's My Refund? uses temporary or session cookies not permanent cookies to ensure IRS accesses the correct account information. The cookie is deleted once the transaction is completed. IRS does not track, share, store, or use this information in any way other than to provide Where's My Refund? service.
Equal Access for Visually Impaired Taxpayers
Where's My Refund? works with the Job Access with Speech (JAWS) screen reader used with a Braille display for the visually impaired and is compatible with the different JAWS modes.
How "Where's My Refund?" Works
A graphical link to "Where's My Refund?" is located below, and a text web-link to Where's My Refund is located near the bottom of this page ... easy to use instructions and online-prompts guide taxpayers seeking tax refund information. Search results include information about:
Returns received and in processing;
Returns received and under review;
The mailing dates or direct deposit dates of refunds;
Mistakes that change the amount of tax refunds;
Refund offsets to other government agencies;
Processing delays due to bankruptcies, SSN mismatches, etc; and
Undeliverable refunds returned to IRS.
The search results also include links to helpful information, such as appeal rights, and next steps if the taxpayer's refund is delayed due to problems on the tax return.
Where's My Refund? contains information on tax return tax refund only, i.e., taxpayers filing returns with balances due or credit-elects cannot obtain income tax return information.
Tax Return Information is Updated Daily
Where's My Refund? information is updated daily and taxpayers can virtually track their tax return and refund via the Internet as the returns are received, processed, and refunds are issued. However, to protect the security of confidential taxpayer information, Where's My Refund? is not connected directly to IRS mainframe computers and information is not displayed in real-time. E-filers may notice a possible 12- to 24-hour time lag between the time IRS acknowledges receipt of an electronic return and the time receipt information is posted. (The delay could extend to 48 hours on weekends.)
For example, a taxpayer could receive an acknowledgement that IRS accepted his/her e-filed return, but Where's My Refund? may or may not reflect receipt until next day. Taxpayers can check the tax return service again the following day, for most up-to-date tax information.
IRS projects the refund date using the best available information, but variances may occur due to the timing of direct deposits through the banking system and mail delivery for paper checks. Taxpayers may receive direct deposits on e-filed returns a few days earlier than the posted dates. Taxpayers checking their mailboxes for refunds may receive their checks a few days later.
Sample messages are:
"We are sorry, we cannot provide any information about your refund. It can take up to 3 weeks to process your return. Please wait at least one week before you log-on again to check the status of your refund." This message appears for all income tax returns that have not progressed far enough in IRS processing for our system to provide a status. For e-filed returns, this message could appear in 12 to 24 hours (or 48 hours on weekends) after taxpayers receive acknowledgements from their tax preparation service, online transmitters, or the IRS.
"You should receive your refund by (date)." This is a projected date, providing there are no errors on the return or other delays. At this point, the return is in processing and the system cannot differentiate between a direct deposit (faster) and paper check (slower). For e-filed returns, taxpayers should receive direct deposits the Friday before the projected date. E-filers expecting paper checks will receive tax refunds a week after the projected date.
Taxpayers can get fed tax return refund information - by calling IRS's new tax refund hotline: 1-800-829-1954 or using IRS's automated federal tax refund service at 1-800-829-4477.
Additional federal income tax return and IRS tax refund info is being added to this new income tax site, including state income tax refund and state income tax return information.
If you are looking for income tax return information regarding other nations of the world, please do a SEARCH for the government tax body governing that particular country. For example, the Inland Revenue Malaysia is the main revenue tax collection agency of the Ministry of Finance and their website address is www.hasilnet.org.my which may be located by performing an INTERNET SEARCH.
Please Note: Our web site is not affiliated with the U.S. Government or the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This is an independent web-site serving the public with free federal income tax return information and a link to the IRS tax return online-form. This site is easier for the general public to find and use thanks to its descriptive name, and its popular dot-com domain extension vs the gov's lesser known dot-gov name.
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