The IRS typically issues tax refunds within 21 days of filing your return. However, if the IRS finds discrepancies on your return, they may take additional time to review the details. If there are errors that cannot be addressed by the IRS, they will ask you to correct the return and file again.
To check the status of your refund, you can track its progress online. You can check your refund status using the IRS tool “Where’s My Refund?” 72 hours after e-filing your return. If you filed a paper return, you can check your refund status within three to four weeks after mailing it in.
To check your refund status on “Where’s My Refund?” you need to enter your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, your filing status, and the refund amount shown on your return. The IRS updates refund information once a day, so you may check the status once every 24 hours.
Using “Where’s My Refund?” you can verify that your return has reached the IRS, confirm that it’s being processed, and see the approximate date when your refund will reach you (this includes direct deposits as well). The tool also alerts you if you provided an incorrect address, which prevents the delivery of your refund. You can correct such an error using IRS.gov.
If you do not receive your refund within 28 days from the date of filing your return, you can begin a refund trace using “Where’s My Refund?”. There are links included to guide you through the resolution process.