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Forms and Instructions

Individual Tax Return
Instructions for Form 1040
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification
Request for Transcript of Tax Return

 

Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return
Employers engaged in a trade or business who pay compensation
Installment Agreement Request

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Understanding your CP53 Notice

We can't provide your refund through direct deposit, so we're sending you a refund check by mail.


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 (PDF).

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 (PDF), 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.

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