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.