Where’s Your Tax Refund?

Ready for your tax refund? Of course you are! Nearly 75% of taxpayers received a federal tax refund last year.

Great news! The IRS begins accepting e-filed tax returns on January 19th! Then, the dreaded wait, right? No worries. Check below to see how you can track the progress of your tax refund:

  1. Start checking status 24 – 48 hours after IRS receives e-file: Once the IRS receives your e-filed tax return, you can use the IRS Where’s My Refund? tool to track your federal tax refund status. The tool will show “Return Received” once the IRS has begun processing your tax return. Keep in mind: you will not see a refund date until the IRS finishes processing and approves your tax refund.
  2. Status change to “Refund Approved”: Once the IRS finishes processing your tax return and confirms your tax return is approved, your status will change from “Return Received” to “Refund Approved.” Sometimes the change in status can take a few days, but it could take longer – so check back often and be patient. The IRS will provide a personalized refund date once your status moves to “Refund Approved.” The IRS expects to issue 9 out of 10 federal tax refunds within 21 days of acceptance if you e-file with direct deposit.
  3. Status change to “Refund Sent”: Once the status in Where’s My Refund? shows “Refund Sent”, the IRS has sent your tax refund to your financial institution for direct deposit. It can take up to five days for your bank to deposit funds into your account. If you requested that your tax refund be mailed, it could take several weeks for your check to arrive.

E-file with direct deposit is the fastest way to get your tax refund. If you mailed a paper tax return, you can start checking the status of your tax refund about four weeks after sending.