Where’s My Tax Refund?
Occasionally our CPA Firm will receive a call from someone asking for the status of their IRS tax refund – “Where’s my refund”. More often than not, the person isn’t one of our clients. Whether we prepared your return or not, the fastest way to find out the status of your refund is to use the IRS online Refund lookup tool.
In 2003, the IRS introduced a tool that allows taxpayers to track the status of their refunds electronically. Using this online tool, dubbed “Where’s My Refund?”, you can virtually follow your tax return from receipt to completion. As soon as 24 hours after you e-file your return (or four weeks after mailing your paper return), you can use this IRS tool to get information about the status of your return. After logging in and entering the required personal data, you’ll encounter one of these three status settings:
- Received: This means the IRS has your tax return and is processing it.
- Approved: This means the IRS has completed the processing of your tax return and your refund is being prepared. Once ready, the money the IRS owes you will be sent to your bank (if you opted for direct deposit) or mailed to you directly.
- Sent: This means the IRS has electronically submitted the refund to your bank or your check is in the mail.