How do I check the status of my federal refund?

Go to the IRS website and click on Where's My Refund?. You can also call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or 1-800-829-1954.

To get to your refund status, you'll need to provide the following information as shown on your return:
  • Your Social Security number (or IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)
  • Your filing status (Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er))
  • The refund amount (It is important to enter the refund amount exactly as it is shown on your return in order for our computer system to retrieve your data.)

You can go online to www.irs.gov to check the status of your refund 24 hours after the IRS accepts your e-filed tax return, or 3 to 4 weeks after you mail your paper return. But if you filed Form 8379 with your return, allow 14 weeks (11 weeks if you e-filed) before checking your refund status.

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