Friday, February 1, 2013


After taxpayers file a return, they can track the status of the refund with the "Where's My Refund?" tool available on the website. New this year, instead of an estimated date, "Where's My Refund?" will give people an actual personalized refund date after the IRS processes the tax return and approves the refund.

"Where's My Refund?" will be available for use after the IRS starts processing tax returns on January 30th. Here are some tips for using "Where's My Refund?' after it is available on January 30th:
  • Initial information will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer's e-filed return or four weeks after mailing a paper return.
  • The system updates every 24 hours, usually overnight. There is no need to check more than once a day.
  • "Where's My Refund?" provides the most accurate and complete information that the IRS has about the refund, so there is no need to call the IRS unless the web tool says to do so.
To use the "Where's My Refund?" tool, taxpayers need to have a copy of their tax return for reference. Taxpayers will need their social security number, filing status and the exact dollar amount of the refund they are expecting.