Tax Time Guide: IRS provides easy access to tax refund status with Where’s My Refund? tool; no need to call
IR-2023-46: English | Español (Spanish) | 中文 (简体) (Chinese - Simplified)
The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that the Where's My Refund? tool on IRS.gov is the most convenient way to check the status of 2022, 2021 and 2020 tax refunds. IRS2Go, the mobile app, offers another way for users to check their refund status.
Information for the most current tax year filed is generally available within 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of a taxpayer's e-filed return. If they filed a paper return, taxpayers should allow four weeks before checking the status.
To use Where's My Refund?, taxpayers must enter their Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification number, filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of their expected refund from the original tax return for the year they're checking.
The IRS updates the tool once a day, usually overnight, so there's no need to check more often. This prevents individuals from having to contact the IRS for updates unless the tool requests them to call.
Where's My Refund? displays progress through three phases:
Taxpayers will get personalized refund information based on the status of their tax return. The tool will provide an actual refund date once the IRS processes the return and approves the refund.
The fastest way to get a refund is by filing electronically and using direct deposit. Taxpayers who don't have a bank account can find out how to open a bank account at a FDIC-insured bank or the National Credit Union Locator Tool.
- Return Received.
- Refund Approved.
- Refund Sent.
What to expect
Even though most refunds are issued in less than 21 days for taxpayers who file electronically and choose direct deposit, some refunds may take longer. Many different factors can affect the timing of a refund, such as if the return has errors, is incomplete or is affected by identity theft or fraud.
Other causes for delays:
The IRS will contact taxpayers by mail if more information is needed to process a return. IRS phone and walk-in representatives can only research the status of a refund if:
- The return may require additional review.
- The return needs a correction to the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit.
- The time between the IRS issuing the refund and the bank posting it to an account may vary since many banks do not process payments on weekends or holidays.
If a taxpayer refund isn't what is expected, it may be due to changes the IRS made to the return. These changes could include corrections to the Child Tax Credit or Earned Income Tax Credit amounts or an offset from all or part of the refund amount to pay past-due tax or debts. More information about reduced refunds is available on IRS.gov.
- 21 days or more have passed since it was filed electronically.
- Six weeks or more have passed since a return was mailed.
- Where's My Refund? tells the taxpayer to contact the IRS.
Filing a tax return
Taxpayers should make IRS.gov their first stop to get information on how to file. There is information on:
As a reminder, the deadline for most taxpayers to file a tax return, pay any tax due or request an extension to file is Tuesday, April 18.
This news release is part of a series called the Tax Time Guide, a resource designed to help taxpayers file an accurate tax return. Additional help is available in Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax (For Individuals)PDF.
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- Tax Time Guide: IRS reminder to report all income; gig economy and service industry, digital or foreign assets and sources - IR-2023-35, March 1, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers of their reporting and potential tax obligations on income from the gig economy and service industry, transactions from digital assets, and foreign sources or holding certain foreign assets.
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Filers should know about changes to common credits and deductions – (English | Español (Spanish))
IRS Tax Tip 2023-34
Taxpayers who haven't filed yet should make sure they're familiar with the changes to credits and deductions for tax year 2022 to help them file an accurate return by the April 18, 2023, deadline.
Unlike 2020 and 2021, there were no new stimulus payments for 2022, so taxpayers should not expect to get an additional payment in their 2023 tax refund.
Changes to individual credits and deductions for tax year 2022
- Taxpayers may still qualify for temporarily expanded eligibility of the Premium Tax Credit, a refundable credit that helps eligible individuals and families cover the premiums for their health insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace. To get this credit, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return with Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit.
- The Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child and Dependent Care Credit have reverted to pre-COVID levels. This means that taxpayers will likely receive a significantly smaller refund compared to last year.
- For 2022, the Child Tax Credit is worth $2,000 for each qualifying child. A child must be under age 17 at the end of 2022 to be a qualifying child.
- For the Earned Income Tax Credit, eligible taxpayers with no children may get $560 for the 2022 tax year.
- For the Child and Dependent Care Credit, taxpayers may receive up to 35% of their employment-related expenses for 2022.
- Taxpayers that don't itemize and take the standard deduction cannot deduct their charitable contributions this year.