How to Check Your Tax Refund

The 2010 tax season is officially over. What a relief!

I have worked on the returned on and off the past couple of months until I mailed out the forms, together with payment checks, on April 14th. To me, it just means that, hopefully, I don’t have to think about it again until this time next year. It’s not that I couldn’t work faster. With no refund to expect, there’s no incentive for me to get it done earlier.

However, if you do expect a refund, then you probably want to know when you will get your money back, if you haven’t received it already (hope you filed your return long before the April 15th deadline) . If  that’s the case, there is a very easy way to check the status of your refund online. All you need to do is go to an IRS website, called Where’s My Refund and provide some personal information.

IRS refund

To check and track your refund status using Where’s My Refund website, enter the following information:

  • Your Social Security Number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number);
  • Filing status (Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er))
  • The exact whole dollar amount of your refund (did you keep a copy of your return?)

If you filed your tax return using e-filing, the status of your refund will be available a lot faster, 72 hours after receiving confirmation of your return from the IRS. On the other hand, if you filed by mail, you will have to wait a lot longer before finding out when you will get your refund. The the status will be updated 3 to 4 weeks after the return is mailed. Another reason why you should e-file :)

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