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About "Where's My Refund?"

What information is Available on Where's My Refund?

Refund information for the most current tax year you filed will generally be available within 24 hours after we acknowledge receipt of your e-filed return. If you filed a paper return, please allow 4 weeks before checking the status.

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What information is Not Available on Where's My Refund?

  • Amended Tax Return (Form 1040X) Information
    Information regarding refunds for Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return is not available. Amended/corrected returns are processed as quickly as possible. However, it may take 12 weeks or longer to process the return. The Where's My Amended Return? tool provides the status of Form 1040X Amended Tax Return for the current year and up to three prior years.
  • Business Tax Return Information
    If you need refund information on federal tax returns other than U.S. Individual Income Tax (Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ) please call us, toll free, at 800-829-4933. From outside the U.S., call 267-941-1000. TTY/TDD: 800-829-4059.
  • Prior Year Refund Information
    Information on Where's My Refund? will be for the most recent tax year we have on file for you.

Example: You filed your 2012 tax return on January 1, 2013 and then filed your 2011 tax return on February 1, 2013. The information available on Where’s My Refund will be for the 2012 tax return even though you filed your 2011 return after your 2012 return.

How Long Will My Refund Information be Available?

  • For U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns filed before July 1:
    Your refund information will remain available on Where’s My Refund? until around the second or third week in December.
  • For  U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns filed on or after July 1:
    Your refund information will remain available throughout the following year until you file a tax return for a more current tax year.

If your refund check was returned to us as undeliverable by the U.S. Post Office, your refund information will remain available on Where’s My Refund? throughout the following year until you file a tax return for a more current tax year.

Can I change my mailing address online?

If your refund was returned to us by the U.S. Postal Service you may be able to change the address we have on file for you, online. Where's My Refund? will offer this service to you if you're eligible.

What if my refund was lost, stolen, or destroyed?

Generally, you can file an online claim for a replacement check if it's been more than 28 days from the date we mailed your refund. Where's My Refund? will give you detailed information about filing a claim if this situation applies to you.

 


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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 16-Aug-2016