How to Check Income Tax Refund Status

by Tina Amo ; Updated July 27, 2017

Taxpayers can check the status of their tax refund to learn when to expect it or if there is a problem with processing. Individuals who filed their returns online can check the status several weeks earlier than individuals who filed via mail. Refunds also arrive faster for individuals who choose to receive them by direct deposit. You may receive information on the status of your federal or state tax refund online or over the telephone after you provide identifying information.

Check Federal Income Tax Refund Status

Step 1

Wait for the prescribed amount of time before you check the status of your refund. You can check the status 72 hours after e-filing or three weeks after filing by mail. Generally, you can check your refund status after you receive a notice that the IRS has received the return.

Step 2

Check the status of your refund online if you e-filed. Visit the IRS’s “Get Refund Status” page (see Resources). Enter your Social Security number, filing status and the amount of your refund in the appropriate fields. Type the refund as an exact whole dollar amount. Click the “Submit” button to receive status information.

Step 3

Call the IRS to check your refund over the telephone if this is more convenient. You may call the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954 or the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477. Provide your Social Security number, filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. You can also check your refund status with the IRS2Go Smartphone application, which is available from the Android Marketplace.

Check State Income Tax Refund Status

Step 1

Visit the website for the department of tax and revenue in your state. Proceed to the appropriate page to check your refund status.

Step 2

Type your Social Security number, mailing address and refund amount into the appropriate boxes. Some states also require the title of the tax form you filed.

Step 3

Click the button to proceed. The system displays information about your refund on the following page.

Step 4

Contact your state’s department of revenue via telephone if the department does not provide online access to tax information or if this method is preferable for you.

About the Author

Tina Amo has been writing business-related content since 2006. Her articles appear on various well-known websites. Amo holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in information systems.