The IRS updated its “Where’s My Refund?” tool to allow taxpayers to check the status of their current and two prior years’ refunds.

Where’s My Refund? Where’s My Refund? allows taxpayers to check on the status of their refund for the current and prior two tax years.

To access Where’s My Refund?, a taxpayer will need their Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN), filing status and the amount of their expected refund from the original tax return for whichever tax year they are checking.

Note. Refund information available to those calling the refund hotline will be limited to the current year (2021) tax return.

Using Where’s My Refund? Taxpayers can check the status of their refund within:

  • 24 hours after e-filing a tax year 2021 return.
  • Three or four days after e-filing a 2019 or 2020 return.
  • Four weeks after mailing a return.

Where’s My Refund allows taxpayers to track their refund through three stages:

  1. Return received,
  2. Refund approved, and
  3. Refund sent.

Once their refund is approved, Where’s My Refund will give the taxpayer a projected refund issuance date.

Note. Where’s My Refund is updated once a day, usually overnight, so a taxpayer should only check it once a day.

When to call the IRS about a refund. A taxpayer should call the IRS about their refund only if Where’s My Refund:

  • Isn’t showing the return was received or the refund approved and it’s been more than 21 days since the return was filed electronically, or
  • Shows a refund was sent, but the taxpayer hasn’t received it after 15 days, or
  • Says the IRS can provide more information about the refund’s status.

For more information about checking the status of a tax refund, taxpayers should visit inquiries.


Source:  Checkpoint Newsstand 5/27/22