Understanding your CP53 notice

What this notice is about

We couldn’t direct deposit your refund, so we're sending you a refund check by mail.

What you need to do

Your refund should arrive 4 weeks from the date of your notice. Call the number on your notice if you haven't received your refund check after 4 weeks.

Frequently asked questions

Can the IRS send me a direct deposit refund for my return from two years ago?

We can direct deposit refunds only for the current filing year and 2 prior tax years. We pay all other refunds by check.

I just moved. Can you recall the check and send a new one to my new address?

We mail refund checks only to the address of record, which is the address shown on the tax return or the result of a permanent address change request you submitted after you filed the return. You can request a change of address by calling the number on your notice, or by filing Form 8822, Change of AddressPDF.

How do I 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, Allocation of Refund (Including Savings Bond Purchases)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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