You’ve filed your tax returns, waited for what seems like forever, you want to know, where’s my tax refund?!

Welcome to the club my friend.

First off, let’s level set expectations. If you e-filed, it can take up to three weeks to get your refund, assuming you don’t run into any filing issues. Filed by mail? It can take up to six weeks!

Based on this, the IRS only wants you to contact them IF:

  • It’s been 3 weeks or more since you e-filed
  • It’s been 6 weeks since you mailed your return

If you’re past this timeframe, then you need to visit the IRS website to check on the status of your return.

You will need:

  • Your social security number or ITIN
  • Your filing status (e.g., single, married)
  • Your EXACT refund amount

While they don’t want you to contact them before that timeframe, you can still use the tool to check on the status of your refund. You must wait 24 hours after e-filing, and 4 weeks if you filed by mail.

The system is available 24 hours a day with a few exceptions.

The Where’s My Refund system isn’t available Monday’s from Midnight to 3am Eastern Time.

The Refund Trace system isn’t available during the following times.

Sunday 12:00 am (Midnight) to 7:00 pm
Monday 12:00 am (Midnight) to 6:00 am
Tuesday 3:30 am to 6:00 am
Wednesday 3:30 am to 6:00 am
Thursday 3:30 am to 6:00 am
Friday 3:30 am to 6:00 am
Saturday 3:30 am to 6:00 am and 9:00 pm to 12:00 am (Midnight)

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  1. Carmillie stubbs

    The irs says ddd should be in your account by the 26 not on or after where is my refund

  2. Phyllis myers

    Just trying to see where my state taxes

  3. Raymond Collins

    Im trying to figure out where’s my refund

  4. Kathy Torres

    I checked on my refund. I sent it UPS hoping it would get there safe and I have no information on the website for the refund. Sent it off February 1,2020. What should I do?

  5. Savannah Milner

    Please help me with my return

  6. Kathleen holman

    I emailed my return on January 27th I have not received it.

  7. Kathleen Holman

    I filed my federal return on January 27 2020 I have not received it .

  8. TinaMartin

    Can u help me with my state refund I’m so confused thankyou

  9. Rachel

    Will I get my federal tax return the first week of March if I filed on January 22nd?

  10. Rachel

    Tax return was filed electronically with tax preparer.

  11. Beverly Bell

    When can I expect a refund if I had to send additional documents for insurance? I filed on Jan 30 2020.

  12. Samantha

    I lost all my bars and it just says tax topic 152 and it’s been 21 day what does this mean

  13. Marina Landau

    I wait for my refund most eight weeks and it’s not ready yet what I have to do hide behind my rent for three months I don’t wanna be a victim .The person who do income tax for me it is here he charge me $800 for one week tax refund I weighed more than six weeks and I still have to pay him $800 that’s not fair

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