Where is My Refund?

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Your taxes are done and lucky you! You’re getting a refund from the IRS! So where is your refund? Well, most refunds take about 21 days to be processed by the IRS. Most refunds take about 6 weeks to be processed if you mailed a paper return.

I Didn’t Receive My Refund… What Now?

If it hasn’t been longer than the allotted time, check the IRS’s Where’s my refund tool. Check your mailbox as well to see if you’ve received any correspondence from the IRS. The IRS should contact you by mail if they need more information to process your return. You can start checking the tool as soon as 24 hours after the IRS accepts your return electronically or 4 weeks after your return was mailed.

You will need to know the following information in order to use the Where’s my refund tool.

  • Social security number or ITIN
  • Your filing status 
  • The exact refund amount

If it’s been longer than the allotted time and you haven’t received your refund or any type of notice from the IRS, contact the Tax Assistance Hotline.

Kelli Owens

Kelli Owens is an accountant, certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, registered tax preparer and owner of KES Design Group, an accounting firm located in Cleveland, Ohio.

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