How to Find Out When I'll Get My Tax Return

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You’ve filed your income tax return and are expecting a hefty refund from the government. The problem is you’re dying to find out when you can expect to receive the check. You’ll be pleased to learn that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made it an easy process to track your tax refund, and within a few minutes you’ll be marking your calendar for its arrival.

Note the following information from your tax return: your Social Security number, your filing status and the exact dollar amount of your tax return refund. This is the information you’ll need to give the IRS to confirm your expected refund date.

Go to the official IRS website (see Resources) and click on the link “Where’s My Refund?” on the right side of the page.

Enter your Social Security number in the first section of the Web page.

Check the box in the center section that matches the filing status on your income tax return. The choices are Single, Married-Filing Joint Return, Married-Filing Separate Return, Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er).

Fill in the full dollar amount of your refund in the last section on the page.

Click “Submit” on the lower right-hand corner of the page. The projected mailing (or posting, if you’ve elected to receive your refund by direct deposit) date will appear on the new page.


  • You will need to wait 24 hours after your tax return has been e-filed or 4 weeks after your paper return has been mailed to check on the expected refund date.

    Many states also offer a similar option to check the status of your state refund via the internet or telephone.