About "Where's My Refund?"

What information is available?

You can start checking on the status of your refund within 24 hours after we have received your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Where’s My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date after we process your return and approve your refund.

The tracker displays progress through three stages:

  1. Return Received
  2. Refund Approved
  3. Refund Sent

To use Where’s My Refund, you need to provide your Social Security number, filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund.

What information is not available?

Amended Tax Returns

Refund information for Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return is not available on Where’s My Refund. Use Where’s My Amended Return? to get the status of your amended return.

Our phone and walk-in representatives can only research the status of your amended return 16 weeks or more after you’ve mailed it.

Business Tax Return Information

For refund information on federal tax returns other than Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, call, toll free, at 800-829-4933. From outside the U.S., call 267-941-1000. TTY/TDD: 800-829-4059

Prior Year Refund Information

For refund amount information for years prior to the most recent tax year we have on file for you, use Get Transcript.

How long will my refund information be available?

  • For U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns filed before July 1: Around the second or third week in December.
  • For  U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns filed on or after July 1: 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 throughout the following year until you file a tax return for a more current tax year.

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.

For more information, check our Tax Season Refund Frequently Asked Questions.