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As the Tax Season ends, IRS answers: Where’s My Refund?

IR-2014-54, April 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — With the close of the tax filing season, the vast majority have filed their income tax returns and received their income tax refunds. As of last Friday, the IRS had received almost 113 million tax returns and issued more than 85 million refunds, about 78 percent of all the refunds the agency will issue this year.

However, taxpayers who have not yet received their refunds can use the “Where’s My Refund?” on IRS.gov or on the smartphone application IRS2Go 4.0 to find out about the status of their income tax refunds. As of April 11, 2014, Where’s My Refund? has been accessed almost 160 million times.

The Where’s My Refund? tool enables taxpayers to track the status of their refund. Initial information will normally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer’s e-filed return or four weeks after the taxpayer mails a paper return to the IRS. The system updates only once every 24 hours, usually overnight, so there’s no need to check more often.

Taxpayers should have their Social Security number, filing status and exact refund amount when accessing Where’s My Refund?

Taxpayers can find more information about refunds and other tax topics at IRS.gov.

[The filing season statistics table follows.]

 

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2014 FILING SEASON STATISTICS

Cumulative statistics comparing 4/12/13 and 4/11/14

Individual Income Tax Returns:

2013

2014

% Change

Total Receipts

112,403,000

112,741,000

0.3

Total Processed

103,880,000

110,266,000

6.1

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts:

 

 

 

TOTAL           

99,787,000

101,289,000

1.5

Tax Professionals

62,163,000

61,956,000

-0.3

Self-prepared

37,624,000

39,332,000

4.5

 

 

 

 

Web Usage:

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

278,307,884

251,540,768

-9.6

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

84,581,000

85,262,000

0.8

Amount

$229.607

billion

$234.547

billion

2.2

Average refund

$2,715

$2,751

1.3

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds:

 

 

 

Number

69,680,000

69,924,000

0.3

Amount

$202.188

Billion

$202.167

billion

-0.01

Average refund

$2,902

$2,891

-0.4

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 17-Apr-2014