Track The Status of Your Federal Tax Return Online

If you are still waiting to file your tax return, make sure the procrastination doesn’t stretch too much longer. If you have already filed your federal tax return, though, you can track the status of a refund, if you are due to receive one, online.

Check the status of your federal tax refund online
Check the status of your federal tax refund online

On the IRS’s main website, it has posted tools in both English and Spanish to help you track down the status of your refund. With Where’s My Refund? and ¿Dónde está mi reembolso?, you’ll know up-to-date information about your refund anytime, and can access it from anywhere with an internet connection.

Information should be available about 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges that they have received your return. 3-4 weeks is the wait if you filed with a hard copy.

To get your personalized refund information you must enter:

  • Your Social Security Number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).
  • Filing status (Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er)).
  • Exact refund amount shown on your tax return.

Once you enter your personal information, you could get several responses, including:

  • Acknowledgement that your return was received and is in processing.
  • The mailing date or direct deposit date of your refund.
  • Notice that the IRS could not deliver your refund due to an incorrect address. In this instance, you can change or correct your address online using Where’s My Refund?

For those of you that have not filed a return, it is certainly not too late. Be sure to check out free tax software like TaxACT that can help your figure out your tax return so that you know you are filing accurately.


This entry is for information only and does not constitute tax advice, nor does it serve as legal advice. There is no intent to create, nor does this blog site constitute, a professional tax practitioner/client relationship. You need to consult with your tax professional prior to acting on any item of information you learn on this site.

Tax laws change from time to time, and are different in various locations.

Kansas May Suspend Tax Refunds

The state of Kansas announced today that it may not be able to pay its employees on time, and has suspended income tax refunds, reflecting the poor economic conditions facing most of the nation. State governments have been hit hard by the recession, and several are considering plans for payroll cuts and other budgetary reductions.

The central bank account for the state does not have enough money in it to pay the bills, so Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has proposed that money be moved from other accounts so the states can cover its costs. The move requires legislative approval, and Republican leaders have blocked the move. Without the money transfers, the state may not meet payroll this Friday, when most state employees are due to be paid.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius

The state stopped issuing state income tax refunds last week, and has not released information about when those tax refunds may be issued in the future. Republicans and Democrats are still working out the details of possible internal loans, but no plan has been agreed upon.

Other states are also feeling the pinch of the economic crisis, most notably California. In the most current legislative battle in the state, the government is considering cutting $15 billing in spending, including $8.6 billion from education and $1.4 billion from payroll costs. The payroll reduction includes furloughs for 200,000 state workers once a month. The proposal calls for another $11 billion in borrowing and $700 million in tax breaks for corporations.

Due to partisan differences, a deal has not yet been reached on the California plan.