The IRS has pushed back the date that you can start filing your tax returns, but it won't be long before people begin to ask, "Where's my tax refund?"
Taxpayers who file by mail will have to wait four weeks to check the status of their income tax refund.
The Internal Revenue Service's "Where's My Refund" page is an easy way to check your refund status online.
How to check the status of your tax refund online:
- Enter your Social Security Number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), your filing status and the exact amount of your refund.
- You must know the exact amount of your refund to use this online service.
- Your estimated refund time will be shown on the screen. Check back after a week has passed as that date could change.
This online service does not track refunds that are claimed on amended tax returns.
Click here to use the "Where's My Refund" tool.
How long will it take to get your refund check in the mail? The IRS states that if you e-file, you can expect your refund in less than 21 days. Using direct deposit is the fastest way to get your funds.