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How do I check the status of my federal refund?

Use the IRS's Where's My Refund? tool. You can also call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or 1-800-829-1954.

To get 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's important to enter the refund amount exactly as it is shown on your return).

You can use the IRS's Where's My Refund? tool 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 11 weeks (14 weeks if you mailed) before checking your refund status.

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