Wondering when you will get your tax refund?
If you didn't e-file and sent in your return by mail, you will have to wait about four weeks to check on the status of your refund.
Here's how to check on your tax refund online so you can get a better idea when your refund will be direct deposited into your bank account or when a paper check will be mailed to you.
Use the "Where's My Refund" tool on IRS.gov and enter the following information:
- Your Social Security Number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)
- Your filing status
- The exact amount of your refund.
Your estimated refund time will be shown on the screen. This information is updated nightly, but you may not see a change in status for days or even a week.
Expect delays when checking the site for your refund. The IRS states, "Due to the large number of inquiries and to avoid service disruptions, the IRS strongly urges taxpayers to only check on their refunds once a day."
When will you get your tax refund? Direct deposit of your refund typically takes about 21 days if you e-file. However, returns have been slower than usual this year, with some waiting longer than the typical three weeks for their refund check.
"The IRS is seeing a good start to the filing season, and tax refunds are being issued timely. Nine out of 10 taxpayers typically receive refunds in less than 21 days when they use e-file with direct deposit."
If you filed an amended tax return, you cannot use the online tool to check on your tax refund.
Click here to use the "Where's My Refund" tool.