Understanding your CP53 Notice
We can't provide your refund through direct deposit, so we're sending you a refund check by mail.
Printable samples of this notice (PDF)
Tax publications you may find useful
- Form 8822 (Change of address)
- Form 8888 (Direct Deposit of Refund to More Than One Account)
- Find a copy of any necessary tax forms and instructions
How to get help
Calling the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice is the fastest way to get your questions answered.
You can also authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using this Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (Form 2848).
Or you may qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
What you need to do
Your refund should arrive 3-4 weeks from the date of your notice. Please call the number listed on your notice if you haven't received your refund check after 4 weeks.
Answers to Common Questions
Why can’t the IRS send me a direct deposit refund for my return from two years ago?
Direct Deposit is only available for current year returns. All other refunds are paid by check.
I just moved. Can you recall the check and send a new one to my new address?
Refund checks are mailed only to the address of record, which is the address provided on the tax return or the result of a permanent address change request submitted after the return is filed. You may request a change of address by calling the number shown on your notice, or by filing Form 8822, Change of Address.
What do I need to do to get my refund through direct deposit next year?
When filing your tax return, complete the requested banking information in the "Refund" section of your tax form if you want to direct deposit the entire amount into one account. If you want to deposit into more than one account, you must file Form 8888, Direct Deposit of Refund to More Than One Account, with your return.
Tips for next year
Consider filing your taxes electronically. Filing online can help you avoid mistakes and find credits and deductions that you may qualify for. In many cases you can file for free. Learn more about e-file.
Understanding your notice
Reading your notice
Your notice may look different from the sample because the information contained in your notice is tailored to your situation.
Notice CP53, Page 1