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April 15, 2015 Filing Icon Using a mobile device? Download the IRS2Go app to check your refund status.

What you need to check the status of your refund:

Items needed for Where's My Refund  Social Security Number or ITIN, Filing Status, and Exact Refund Amount

JAWS Users Session Expiration Warning

If this application remains idle for 15 minutes, it displays a session expiration warning message in a popup or new browser window, allowing you to extend your session. The message gains focus and JAWS reads both the URL and the session expiration message. You have the option to tab to OK or Cancel once the message appears. If you tab to the OK button, you will hear, click here if you want to renew session for 15 minutes button. If you tab to the Cancel button, you will hear, do not renew session button. If you select the OK button, the application extends your session for an additional 15 minutes and JAWS focus returns to the main page. If you select the Cancel button or the session remains idle for 5 minutes, the application displays the session expired page and JAWS reads it.

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Where's My Refund? is updated no more than once every 24 hours, usually overnight.


When to check status of your refund:

    • Within 24 hours after we've received your e-filed tax return; or
    • 4 weeks after mailing your paper return.

When the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund, you can see your actual personalized refund date. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days after we receive your tax return, it’s possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer. 

You should only call if it has been:

    • 21 days or more since you filed electronically;
    • More than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return; or
    • The Where’s My Refund? tool directs you to contact us.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 05-Feb-2016