Showing a refund on a tax return means the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) owes you money. The amount of the tax refund is displayed on your federal income tax return, which means locating your federal income tax return provides you with the easiest way to know if you have a pending tax refund. Another way to know if you have a pending tax refund is to contact your paid tax preparer.
Navigate to the IRS “Where’s my refund?” tracking page to track the status of your income tax return 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges its receipt.
Input your Social Security number. Indicate the filing status used when filing the federal income tax return. Enter the refund amount on your federal income tax return. The system will indicate the expected date when the refund will be deposited into your bank account.
Dial the IRS Tax Assistance Hotline at 800-829-1040. Provide your name, social security number, filing status and refund amount.
Contact your financial institution. Call the bank to determine if your account shows a pending deposit from the IRS.