How to Track Down Your Tax Refund

by Contributor ; Updated July 27, 2017
Receiving a tax refund always brings a smile.

If you are feeling impatient while awaiting your tax refund, consider the time frames. If you e-filed and opted for direct deposit, the IRS states you should have your refund within a three-week period. If you filed via paper, opting for a mailed check, expect a wait of up to eight weeks. If those times have passed and you are still waiting, it is easier than you think to track your refund. Several options are at your disposal.

Step 1

If you are feeling impatient while awaiting your tax refund, consider the time frames. If you e-filed and opted for direct deposit, the IRS states you should have your refund within a three-week period. If you filed via paper, opting for a mailed check, expect a wait of up to eight weeks. If those times have passed and you are still waiting, it is easier than you think to track your refund. Several options are at your disposal.

Step 2

Call 800-829-1954, if you lack Internet access. You will need to provide the same information.

Step 3

Update your address using the same system, If you learn that the post office returned your refund check as undeliverable. If your check is proverbially "in the mail," the refund automated system will notify you.

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