What You Will Need

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Social security number or ITIN
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Your filing status
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Your exact refund amount

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24 hours after e-filing
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Expect extended delays if you mailed your return or responded to an IRS Notice
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We update Where's My Refund daily, usually overnight

Some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:

  • Includes errors such as an incorrect Recovery Rebate Credit amount
  • Is incomplete
  • Is affected by identity theft or fraud
  • Includes a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit or an Additional Child Tax Credit using 2019 income. 
  • Includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation PDF, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
  • Needs further review in general
  • For the latest information on IRS refund processing during the COVID-19 pandemic, see the IRS Operations Status page

We will contact you by mail when (or if) we need more information to process your return.