If you’ve filed your tax return before the deadline, don’t be in the dark about when you will get your federal tax refund.
More than 90 percent of federal tax refunds are issued in 21 days or less, according to the IRS. Some cases may take longer due to reviews and other factors.
Once you have successfully filed your return before the deadline and await your refund, whether it takes the standard 3 weeks or more, there are two secure ways to check your status.
1. ‘Where’s My Refund?’ tool at IRS.gov – this can be checked 24 hours after the IRS has received an e-filed return or four weeks after receipt of a mailed paper return. This report tracker displays progress through three stages: when the return is received, when the refund is approved and when the refund is sent. The user will get a personalized refund date only after the IRS approves the refund.
2. IRS2Go mobile app – This is the mobile version of the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ desktop application. Available on Apple devices including the iPad and iPhone, and available on most Andriod devices for free.
To access your status, you must have information from the current, pending tax return for the verification process. E-filing and choosing to have your refund issued via direct deposit into your account is the best option to get your refund as quickly as possible.
Now that you have filed your taxes, how long do you keep your documents? CWA Financial Planner and former IRS employee Kellee Harrigan has the answer.