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Refund Information(p95)

Visit and click on Where's My Refund, or use the free IRS2Go app, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information about your return will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return, or 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.
To use Where's My Refund? have a copy of your tax return handy. You will need to enter 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.
Where's My Refund? will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund.
Updates to refund status are made once a day - usually at night.
If you do not have Internet access, you can call 1-800-829-1954 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for automated refund information. Our phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return.
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).
Where's My Refund? doesn't track refunds that are claimed on an amended tax return.
Refund information also is available in Spanish at and 1-800-829-1954.