There is no doubt that your income tax refund is something sacred. Whether you’re saving it for your next purchase or not, keeping the track of its status must be very important to you.

Regardless of how you’ve filed your tax return (mail or electronic), you can use IRS’ where is my refund tool to find the status of your tax refund. According to the IRS, most tax refunds are issued in less than 21 days but there are factors that come into play and delay it for months.

The most common problem that delays a tax refund is any missing information found on Form 1040. However, nothing is too late. You can always contact the IRS via phone by dialing 800-829-1040 or you can visit the local IRS office.

How to Use Where’s My Refund?

As mentioned above, regardless of your filing type, you can always use Where’s my refund tool at the IRS website (

The only information you will need is included in your Form 1040 which is

  • Your filing status
  • Your exact refund amount
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

Keep in mind that the refund amount you enter must be the exact same as the amount in your Form 1040 which can be found in line 20a.

If you think there is an error in your tax refund or can’t track the status of it, you must contact the IRS urgently. Any missing information, typos, calculation errors, incorrect line entries, and filing very early or late can delay your tax refund.

Need more information on tax refunds? You can visit our front page and watch the educational video IRS put on their YouTube channel below.

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