You may be wondering where your tax refund is. With the new Where’s My Refund tool, you can find out in 24 hours whether or not your return has been processed. The tool is updated every day, and you can access it on the IRS website or mobile app, IRS2Go. Enter your Social Security number, filing status, and expected refund amount to find out where your tax refund is at any given moment. If your refund has been processed, you’ll see the message “Received.”
If you filed your federal tax return, you should have received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating that you’ll likely receive a refund. The notice includes a link to the IRS’s FAQs website. These documents explain when and how tax refunds are issued. Other messages you may receive include those related to the child tax credit, earned income tax credit, or fraud protection steps. Tax Topic 151 is a red flag that your return is undergoing review by the IRS. It may need to verify your dependents or reduce your refund to pay off debts.
While most returns are processed within one hour of filing, delays may extend to weeks or even months. In the meantime, you can contact the IRS and ask about the status of your return. The IRS will reply to your inquiry as quickly as possible. The reason for the delay is due to backlog in processing the returns from the 2019 and 2020 tax seasons. The government is also behind schedule in processing refunds for these years, so it may take weeks or even months for your refund to arrive.
You can also check the IRS’ tax refund status online or via an automated phone service. Simply provide your Social Security number and amount to know the status of your refund. Some taxpayers have waited as long as eight weeks to receive their refunds. This year, the IRS is still working through the backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many tax experts are expecting some refund delays this year. With the help of a refund tracking tool from the IRS, you can find out where your refund is within 24 hours after e-filing or mailing your return. The system updates overnight, so you can even check if you’ve received it by mail.
When filing a tax return online, you should be aware that each state’s system for checking the status of your refund is different. To get a refund, you’ll need your Social Security number, or SSN, or a common form of ID such as an ITIN. If filing jointly with your spouse, use the first ID number listed on your return. Otherwise, it will be impossible to check the status of your refund if you don’t have this information.
In some states, you can check your refund status online by visiting the Department of Revenue’s Where’s My Refund web page. In most cases, you’ll need to provide your SSN, first and last names, and the amount of your refund to receive your refund. The Department of Revenue’s Refund Status Service is another option to check the status of your refund. To find out your tax refund status, enter the information requested in the field below.