Tax Refund

Checking the Status of Your Federal Tax Refund Is Easy

  • Find out how your federal tax refund status can be checked online.
  • Learn the average E-file refund timeline.
  • Learn which deposit types can provide you with the quickest refund.

If your 2024 federal tax return has already been filed and you are due a refund, you can check the status of your refund online.

Where’s My Tax Refund?

Where’s My Refund?” is an interactive tool on the IRS website at Whether you have opted for direct deposit into one account, split your refund among several accounts, or asked the IRS to mail you a check, “Where’s My Refund?” will give you online access to your refund information nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you e-file, you can get refund information within about 48 hours after the IRS has acknowledged receipt of your return. Generally, refunds for e-filed returns are issued within 21 days. If you file a paper return, your refund information will be available within four weeks of the IRS receiving the return. Depending on the volume of mailed returns received, it may sometimes take longer.

Checking the status of your federal tax refund is easy

How to Check Your Refund Status

When checking the status of your refund, have your federal tax return handy. To access your personalized refund information, you must enter:

  • Your Social Security number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number);
  • Your filing status (single, married filing joint return, married filing separate return, head of household, or qualifying widow(er)); and
  • The exact refund amount is shown on your tax return.

Once you have entered your personal information, one of several responses may come up, including the following:

  • Acknowledgment that your return has been received and is in processing.
  • The mailing date or direct deposit date of your refund.
  • Notice that the IRS has been unable to deliver your refund because of an incorrect address. You can update your address online using the feature on “Where’s My Refund?”

The quickest refunds are via direct deposit, based on the information (bank account and routing numbers) provided on your return. Allow additional time for checks to be processed through the mail.

Still Waiting on Your Tax Refund?

When should you call the IRS if you don’t receive your refund? You should only call if it has been:

  • More than 21 days since your return was e-filed,
  • More than 6 weeks since you mailed your return, or
  • When "Where's My Refund" tells you to contact the IRS

“Where’s My Refund?” also includes links to customized information based on your specific situation. The links will guide you through the steps to resolve any issues affecting your refund.

If you have questions related to your refund, contact a Fiducial Advisor. Click here to Request a consultation with a Fiducial Advisor at our office locations.

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