You want your refund, and you want it now. The IRS understands that, and has enhanced its online tool Where’s My Refund? to accommodate inquiries from taxpayers.
‘Where’s My Refund’ is an automated application available on irs.gov. Taxpayers can use the online look-up to check the status of their refund approximately 24 hours after their electronically filed return has been accepted, or 4 weeks after mailing in their paper return.
Previously, one of the first messages provided to taxpayers who checked the status of their refund was a projected refund date. This caused confusion for some customers because the projected refund date may change.
As a return goes through processing, a number of factors could skew the date that the tool originally provided. For example, a return could be held for a math error condition, if required attachments are missing, or if one or more of the Social Security numbers on the return are off.
In an effort to minimize confusion and enhance the user experience, several changes were implemented. These changes include no longer providing a projected refund date based solely on the receipt of a tax return.
Taxpayers can start accessing the tool today, the first day of the 2013 filing season. A new feature will display above the text. This new feature is a progressive “refund tracker” that displays the return and refund progress in 3 stages. As a return moves through processing, the tracker will advance from one stage to the next until the refund has been issued.
Below is a list of the stages and the associated messages a taxpayer may receive:
1. Return Received (Message received after 24 hours for e-filed returns and after 4 weeks for paper mailed returns.)
- We have received your tax return and it is being processed.
- You should get your refund within 21 days from the date we received your tax return.
- Please check here or use our free mobile app, IRS2Go, to check on your refund.
2. Refund Approved
- Your tax refund is scheduled to be sent to your bank on (MMDDYYYY). (Direct deposit date of refund) or (Other appropriate text if a paper check)
- If your refund is not credited to your account by (the above date), check with your bank to see if it has been received.
- Please Note: For refund information, please continue to check here, or use our free mobile app, IRS2Go. Updates to refund status are made no more than once a day.
- Your refund was sent to your bank on (MMDDYYY) for direct deposit (or other appropriate text if a paper check).
- If your refund is not credited to your account by (MMDDYYY), check with your bank to find out if it was received (or other appropriate text if a paper check).