How to Track an IRS Refund Using a Tracking Number

How to Track an IRS Refund Using a Tracking Number
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If you are wondering why you haven't received your federal income tax refund, there are four ways to check the status of your IRS tax return's status. Electronic filers can go to the IRS website ( and click on the“Where’s my refund?” link (in the column at the right side of the page) or use the IRS2Go mobile app, and those who filed by mail may call the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-4477 or visit the nearest IRS office. If you filed your return online and have not received your refund within 28 days from the IRS mailing date, you may initiate a trace online.

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If it's been long enough and it still hasn't arrived, find your filing information. You will need your Social Security number or taxpayer identification number, your filing status and the expected amount of your refund. You need to be exact with the dollar amount of the refund anticipated, since the IRS computer system uses this number to retrieve the information.

Contact the IRS. If tracking online, once you click the “Where’s my refund?” link, you will be prompted to enter your personal filing information. After that, you will be given a series of prompts. You can also track your refund with the IRS2Go smartphone app for iPhone or Android devices.

If tracking by phone or in person, bring your tax return with you, along with proper identification and any correspondence you may have received from the IRS.You should also make note of which website address you filed from (from such online tax-preparation sites as Turbo Tax), the date you filed and any confirmation numbers you are given. Make sure you're prepared to be specific.

Remember, whether you reach out to the IRS or they reach out to you with a question about your return, IRS will never send you an email asking you to follow a link to its website. If you receive such a message, go online to the IRS home page and, under the words "I need to..." on the right side of the page, click on "report phishing" for instructions.