Use this tool to check your refund. Your refund status will appear around:

  • 24 hours after you e-file a current-year return
  • 3 or 4 days after you e-file a prior-year return
  • 4 weeks after you file a paper return


Check your refund

Information is updated once a day, overnight.

What you need

  • Your Social Security or individual taxpayer ID number (ITIN)
  • Your filing status
  • The exact refund amount on your return

Check your refund

Find your tax information in your online account or get a copy (transcript) of your tax records.

To check an amended return, visit Where's My Amended Return?

Using a mobile device?

Check your refund on the IRS2Go app

How it works

Where's My Refund shows your refund status:

  • Return Received – We received your return and are processing it.
  • Refund Approved – We approved your refund and are preparing to issue it by the date shown.
  • Refund Sent – We sent the refund to your bank or to you in the mail. It may take 5 days for it to show in your bank account or several weeks for your check to arrive in the mail.


Before you file a second tax return

Filing the same tax return again typically won't speed up your refund and could cause delays.

You should resubmit your tax return, electronically if possible, only if all of these apply:

  • You are due a refund
  • You filed on paper more than 6 months ago
  • Where’s My Refund doesn’t show that we received your return.

When to call us

Call us about your refund status only if Where's My Refund recommends you contact us.

IRS phone numbers and tax help options

If your refund is delayed

Your refund may be delayed if your return needs corrections or extra review. If we need more information to process your return, we'll send you a letter.

Why your refund might be taking longer


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