You can go online to check the status of your refund 72 hours after IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or 3 to 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. But if you filed Form 8379 with your return, allow 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically) before checking your refund status.
Go to www.irs.gov
and click on Where's My Refund
. Have a copy of your tax return handy. You will need to provide the following information from your return:
- Your social security number (or individual taxpayer identification number),
- Your filing status, and
- The exact whole dollar amount of your refund.
Refunds are sent out weekly on Fridays. If you check the status of your refund and are not given the date it will be issued, please wait until the next week before checking back.
If you do not have Internet access, call:
- 1-800-829-1954 during the hours shown on page 76, or
- 1-800-829-4477 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for automated refund information.
Do not send in a copy of your return unless asked to do so.
To get a refund, you generally must file your return within 3 years from the date the return was due (including extensions).
Refund information also is available in Spanish at www.irs.gov/espanol
and the phone numbers listed above.