Regardless of the filing method you’ve utilized to submit your tax return, the IRS aims to process it and issue a tax refund if you’re due one within three weeks. This is mainly the case with electronically filed tax returns. The mail-in tax returns almost always take more time to process; thus, it takes longer to receive tax refunds.
No matter how you file your federal income tax return, you can check its status to keep up with the updates. There are several ways to get the status of your tax return. This article will go over the two primary ways to do this and give basic information on what to expect.
The IRS2GoApp is one of the most useful online tools the Internal Revenue Service provides taxpayers. There is a wide range of things that you can utilize the tool. You can easily check the status of your tax return, see if you’re due a refund, and, if so, the status of it as well.
These aren’t the only functions you get from the IRS2Go App. You can also make electronic payments through the app, generate security codes to log in, find free tax preparation assistance, and many more. It’s a lifesaver in many situations when you look for answers but seem to get lost.
The app is available on both iOS and Android. You can also get it on your Apple tablet.
IRS Refund Checker
The same as the app, the IRS has a dedicated online tool that’s web-based for all taxpayers to check the status of their tax refunds. Also known as the Where’s My Refund tool, the online application asks a series of simple questions to verify identity and shows the most recent update on your tax refund.
Although you won’t see direct notifications or up-to-date changes, it’s a tool that will tell you when the IRS received your return, whether or not it has been processed, and if the refund is sent. You’ll know that the IRS is processing the return when the agency receives it as it starts being processed right away – at least, that’s usually the case.
To look up the status and verify your identity, you’ll need to enter a couple of things. These are as follows.
- Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number if you don’t have an SSN.
- Filing status on the return.
- Exact refund amount as shown on the return.
Once you enter these, you’ll see either one of the three notifications on the tool. One thing to keep in mind about the IRS refund checker is that it isn’t updated in real-time. The updates usually occur during midnight, and checking it once a day is more than enough, as you won’t get further updates.
Learn more about the IRS Where’s My Refund.
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