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How to Check Your Federal and State Tax Refund Status

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So, you’ve been a good taxpayer and filed your tax returns by April 15, now comes the wait. After the rush to file your taxes, you’re probably anxious to receive your refund checks (if you are eligible) find out how to track your refunds.

Your Federal Tax Refund Status

The speed at which receive your tax refund will depend on how you filed your federal tax return and how you elected to receive the refund.

Here are a few notes on how the IRS issues refunds:

  • The IRS issues refunds every Friday, so it would be best to check your updated tax refund status late Friday or during the weekend.
  • Refunds in the form of direct deposits are issued one week earlier than paper checks.

Federal Tax Refund Status

You filed... Tax refund status available in... Expect your tax refund (after IRS accepts return)...
Electronically, requested direct deposit 72 hours within 2-3 weeks
Electronically, requested paper check 72 hours within 3-4 weeks
Paper return, requested direct deposit 3-4 weeks within 4-6 weeks
Paper return, requested paper check 3-4 weeks within 6-8 weeks

To check your federal tax refund status, visit the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” tool here. You will need to provide your Social Security Number, filing status, and the exact expected refund amount shown on your tax return. If you’d rather check by phone, call the IRS automated service at 1-(800)-829-4477, which is available toll-free 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Your State Tax Refund Status

Each individual state has its own processing times for tax refunds. Generally, state tax refunds should be expected within 30 days after the state tax agency has received your state tax returns.

To check the current status of your state tax refund, you will have to contact the state’s Department of Revenue.

Conduct a simple online search including “your state” and “state tax refund status” and you will be able to find the website for your state’s tax agency to check on your state tax refund. Each state may require you to provide different information which may include your Social Security number, filing status, exact refund amount, and ZIP code.

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Wednesday, 16 Feb 2022 3:48 PM
<p>I just got my state refund deposited into my account does that mean my federal refund is right around the corner</p>
Friday, 30 Apr 2021 7:50 AM
<p>My dad claimed me and my eleven year old son. I didn't give him permission and haven't lived with him for years now. I been trying to support me and my son with only help from ebt and cash aid. What can I do to get my stimulus and the child tax credit</p>
Sunday, 14 Mar 2021 1:56 AM
<p>My son claimed me two years it was 2018 and 2019 I didn’t know until I didn’t get my stimulus check I never gave him permission.We don’t live together.I don’t have to do taxes because I’m on SSDI I do have a card that my benefits goes on will my stimulus check go on it . I only receive 949 a month? Plus I have a student loan taken out for my daughter for college but she does her own taxes but she can’t claim that loan its in my name. I live in Connecticut I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I have to fill paperwork out I don’t have taxes taken out please help me cindy</p>
Monday, 27 Apr 2020 3:57 AM
<p>I e-file on March 8th 2020 and stays says still processing and don't have a clue on my next step to knowing what's going on with my refund and stimulus payments. ????,<br>Can someone help??9</p>
Friday, 24 Apr 2020 12:47 PM
<p>I am having the same exact problems, I tried calling every single phone number provided for the IRS and nothing. This is extremely frustrating. How am I supposed to know if I did something wrong when filing my taxes if I cannot speak to anyone?</p>
Wednesday, 22 Apr 2020 6:25 PM
<p>Hello I E-filled my income tax return on March 29th 2028 is now April 22nd 2020 and my status on my refund says still processing.<br>It's been over 21 days I still haven't gotten my refund and I still haven't gotten my stimulus check and I can't get ahold of anybody on the IRS because everything is closed due to the Corona virus... What can I do I can't call anybody everything is closed.</p>

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