Where is my tax refund?

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    If you’ve filed your income tax return and want to track it, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a “Where’s My Refund” page. You need to enter some basic information from your tax return to access the information. This is the fastest way to track your refund. The tracker is updated once a day, usually overnight. The best time to check is usually 24 hours after filing your taxes online. If you’ve mailed your returns through snail mail, you’ll need to wait at least four weeks before expecting any update on the status of your refund. You’ll need to have your Social Security Number, filing status, and the amount of refund due to you.

    The tracker will reflect whether your return is in the “return acceptance” stage, “refund approval” stage, or “refund sent” stage. Generally, tax filers should receive their refund within 21 days of e-filing, if there are no errors in the submitted form. Refunds submitted in paper form could take up to six months to process. If there is a delay, you may have to contact the IRS for more information. The most common reason for delays is errors in your filing, like an incorrect Social Security number or incorrect direct deposit information. The IRS may also require an additional review or your filing may have been incomplete.

    If you’ve filed early and claimed the earned income tax credit or the child tax credit, the IRS is legally prohibited from processing your return before mid-February. But if you’ve filed early, and everything is correct, you will have received a refund already.

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