How to Verify a Tax Filing

by Michelle Miley ; Updated September 11, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers taxpayers several methods of tax filing, but not all filing methods provide taxpayers with verification that their tax return was received. Tax returns are also often filed by tax preparation services, occasionally leaving taxpayers to wonder if their return was, in fact, filed. Fortunately, taxpayers wishing to verify the proper filing of their tax returns may do so easily.

How to Verify a Tax Filing

Gather your tax information. You will need to provide the IRS with the amount of your refund or the amount you owe, as well as your Social Security number, fling status, birth date, street address and zip code.

Call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. If you are hearing impaired, call the IRS TTY service at (800) 829-4059. If you are checking on the status of a refund rather than verifying that your return was received and accepted, call (800) 829-4477.

Obtain confirmation about your filing. Before ending your telephone call, make a note of with whom at the IRS you verified your tax return status.

Alternatively, visit the IRS website ( and click the "Where's My Refund?" link if you are checking on a refund status.

About the Author

Writing professionally since 2008, Michelle Miley specializes in home and garden topics but frequently pens career, style and marketing pieces. Her essays have been used on college entrance exams and she has more than 2,000 publishing credits. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting, having graduated summa cum laude.

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