Easy way to check Your Tax Refund

If you already filed your federal tax return and are due a refund, you have several options for checking on the status of your Income Tax Refund.

One way is to use “Where's My Refund?” an interactive tool on simple online instructions guide taxpayers through a process that checks the status of their refund after they provide identifying information shown on their tax return. Once the information is processed, you could get several responses, including:

1. Acknowledgement that your return was received and is in processing.

2. The mailing date or direct deposit date of your refund.

3. Notice that the IRS could not deliver your refund due to an incorrect address. To ensure delivery, you can change or correct your address online.

Wheres My Refund? is a very flexible tool. Whether you split your refund among several accounts, opt for direct deposit into one account, or ask IRS to mail you a check, where's My Refund? gives you online access to your refund information. You can even use where's my Refund? If you filed taxes only to claim a refund of the telephone excise tax.

It also includes links to customized information based on the taxpayer's specific situation. The links guide taxpayers through the steps they need to take to resolve any issues that may be affecting their refund. For example, if you do not get the refund within 28 days from the original IRS mailing date shown on Where's My Refund?, you can do a refund trace online.

The “Where's My Refund?” service meets stringent IRS security and privacy certifications. Taxpayers enter identifying information that includes their Social Security number, filing status and the exact amount of the refund shown on the return. This specific information verifies that the person is authorized to access that account and avoids an unsuccessful response.