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Instructions for Form 1040
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Refund Information(p96)

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To check the status of your refund go to Where’s My Refund at IRS.gov/refunds, 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.
Due to changes in the law, the IRS can’t issue refunds before February 15, 2017, for returns that claim the earned income credit or the additional child tax credit. This delay applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with these credits. Because of the time it generally takes banking or financial systems to process deposits, if you claimed either or both of these credits, it is unlikely that your refund will arrive in your bank account or on a debit card before the week of February 27 (assuming your return has no processing issues and you elect direct deposit). Because many financial institutions do not process payments on weekends or holidays, the three-day holiday weekend that includes Presidents Day may also affect when you receive your refund.
If you filed your return before February 15 and claimed the earned income credit or the additional child tax credit, you can start to check Where’s My Refund on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go phone mobile app a few days after February 15 for the status of your refund.
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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.
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Updates to refund status are made once a day - usually at night.
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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 IRS.gov/spanish and 1-800-829-1954.