The IRS has an online tool to determine the status of your refund. Our clients report that often the refund actually shows up sooner then promised, so that’s good news. At any rate, it makes a lot of sense to check in on the refund and track it through the system.
If you’ve eFiled your tax return, you should get information about your refund within 72 hours after the IRS has sent you an electronic acknowledgement of receipt. If you file via mail, your refund information should post within 3 – 4 weeks.
Before you sign in, gather the following information:
- Your Social Security number,
- Your filing status (single, head of household, married filing jointly, married filing separately), and
- The exact amount of your anticipated refund (per your return as filed)
Once you have that information, go to: https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp
If you don’t receive the refund when promised, you’ll need to wait 28 days from when the IRS promised it. If you still don’t have the promised refund, go to the link above and notify them that you didn’t receive the promised refund.
Of course, this all assumes that you want to receive the refund from your return. If you’re paying estimated tax payments, you may want to instead apply the refund to the next year’s taxes. That’s what most of our business clients do.