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Got a tax refund in the works? Here’s how to track it.

Posted on May 4, 2021

You no longer have to wonder where your tax refund is. Now you can track it as it processes through IRS.gov with the Where’s My Refund? online tool. It’s very accessible at IRS.gov or through the IRS2Go App – and super easy to use.
 Simply download the app and enter your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund.

You can start checking your refund status 24 hours after your e-filed return has been received. The app displays progress in three phases:

  • Return received
  • Refund approved
  • Refund sent

The IRS updates the tool once a day, usually overnight — so there’s no need to check multiple times a day.

How long does a federal refund generally take? While most tax refunds are issued within 21 days, some may take longer if the return requires additional review. Some of the reasons your federal refund could take longer include:

  • Any math or filing errors or incomplete information
  • The return could be affected by identity theft or fraud.
  • Many banks do not process payments on weekends or holidays.

What if I filed for the Recovery Rebate Credit? Claiming the recovery rebate credit on a 2020 tax return will not delay processing of your tax return — but it is important that you claim the correct amount. If a correction is needed, there may be a slight delay in processing the return. If corrections are made, the IRS will send you a notice of explanation. The recovery rebate credit will be included in the tax refund.

The IRS will contact you by mail if more information is needed to process your tax return.

Of course, the best way to ensure your taxes are filed correctly using the correct forms and taking advantage of all new rules and regulations – is to have your taxes done by a reputable CPA firm (like us!)