The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds taxpayers that the Where’s My Refund? page is available to them. a tool to check the status of 2022, 2021 and 2020 tax refunds in the most convenient way.
In addition, with IRS2Go, the mobile application of the tax agency, offers another way for users to check the status of their refund.
The IRS notes that information for the most recent tax year is generally available within 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of the taxpayer’s electronic return. But if they filed a paper return, taxpayers must wait four weeks before checking the status.
How to use Where’s my refund?
When entering the IRS page, taxpayers must enter theiror Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number, filing status, and the exact total dollar amount of your expected refund of the original tax return for the year you are reviewing.
The IRS updates the tool once a day, usually overnight, so there is no need to check it more frequently. With this, users avoid calling the IRS for updates unless the tool prompts them to call.
Where is my refund? shows progress through three phases:
– Refund received.
– Refund approved.
– Refund sent.
Taxpayers will get personalized refund information based on their tax return status. The tool will provide an actual refund date once the IRS processes the return and approves the refund.
The fastest way to get a refund is by electronic filing and direct deposit. Taxpayers without a bank account can find out how to open one at an FDIC-insured bank or with the National Credit Union Locator Tool.
The IRS clarifies that although most refunds are issued in less than 21 days for taxpayers who file electronically and choose direct depositsome refunds may take longer, due to factors that may affect the refund process, such as if the return is incomplete, inaccurate, or affected by identity theft or fraud.
Other causes of delays may be due to:
– The return may require a additional review.
– The statement needs a correction to the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit.
– The time between the IRS issuing the refund and the bank posting it to an account can vary, as many banks they do not process payments on weekends or holidays.
It is also important to note that the IRS will contact taxpayers by mail if more information is needed to process a return. Phone representatives can only investigate the status of a refund if:
– It’s been 21 days or more since it was filed electronically.
– It’s been six weeks or more since a statement was mailed.
– Where is my refund? tells the taxpayer to contact the IRS.
Finally, if a taxpayer’s refund is not what was expected, it may be due to changes the IRS made to the return. Changes could include corrections to the Child Tax Credit or Earned Income Tax Credit amounts or an offset of all or part of the refund amount to pay back taxes or debts.
For more information on refunds, go here.
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