Whenever you need to check the status of your tax refund, there is no other way to check it than the IRS’ Where’s My Refund Tool. It will be the one and only option of yours when you want to see the status of your tax refund.
The Internal Revenue Service issues most refunds in less than 21 days but if you have any missing information or errors on your return, it might take much longer than that. One of the best features of Where’s My Refund is that if your refund is taking too long to process, you can just call the IRS and see if there are any complications with it.
Unlike most federal tools that give you a status update, Where’s My Refund is not updated constantly. Since the tax season is the busiest time for the IRS, the tool is updated once a day and that’s usually at midnight. So checking the status of your refund once a day is enough. Doing it so multiple times will not change the outcome you see on the status screen.
According to the IRS, Where’s My Refund is updated once a day, at midnight.
If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you can learn the status of your refund by calling the IRS. You can call the IRS’ phone number for individuals from the number below.