We’ll explain how to track your 2020 federal tax refund online using two different tools.
You’ve likely been tracking your stimulus check, but are you also tracking your 2020 tax return? You’ve got exactly one month to get your taxes filed by the April 15 deadline, if you haven’t filed yet. However, when you do submit your tax return, you can use an IRS tool to see if your return has been processed and track any refund you might get. With 7 million tax returns delayed or “in limbo,” according to The Washington Post, this tool is useful for helping you keep tabs.
A tax refund returns the money you overpaid throughout the year, such as through your company’s withholding or a quarterly estimate. But this year, your refund could also include any missing stimulus check money you never got — as part of a Recovery Rebate Credit claim you make on your taxes this year.
You can start tracking your refund status online if it’s been 24 hours since filing your tax return. Our chart below outlines when your refund could arrive. If you haven’t filed yet, we suggest doing so online as e-filing is more convenient for both you and the IRS (the agency is asking people to avoid sending in a paper return this year). We also recommend setting up direct deposit to speed up your refund arrival. In addition, here’s how tax season could affect the new $1,400 stimulus checks going out now (calculate your stimulus payment total). This story was recently updated.
There are 2 methods you can use to track your tax refund
You need several things on hand to track the status of your tax refund: your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, your filing status — for example, single, married or head of household — and your exact refund amount in whole dollars, which can be found on your tax return.
Using the IRS tool Where’s My Refund, enter your Social Security number or ITIN, your filing status and your exact refund amount, then press Send. If you entered your information correctly, you’ll be taken to a page that shows the status of your refund. If not, you may be asked to verify your personal tax data and try again. If all the information looks correct, you’ll need to enter the date you filed your taxes, along with how you filed — either electronically or on paper.
There’s also a mobile app, called IRS2Go, that you can use to check your tax refund status. The IRS updates the data in this tool overnight each day, so if you don’t see a status change after 24 hours or more, check back the next day.
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Received, approved or sent: Decoding what your IRS tax return status means
Both the IRS tools (online and mobile) will show you one of three messages to explain your tax return status.
- Received: The IRS now has your tax return and is working to process it.
- Approved: The IRS has processed your return and confirmed the amount of your refund, if you’re owed one.
- Sent: Your refund is now on its way to your bank through direct deposit, or as a paper check to your mailbox. (Here’s how to change your address now if you moved.)
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How long do you have to wait for your tax refund to show up?
The IRS says it issues most tax refunds within 21 days, but many people will get their refunds much sooner. If there are any errors, it might take the agency longer to process and issue your tax refund. The same goes for people who filed a claim for an Earned Income Tax Credit or the Child Tax Credit.
The date you get your tax refund also depends on how you filed your return.
For example, if the refund is going into your bank account through direct deposit, it could take an additional five days for your bank to post it to your account. This means if it took the IRS the full 21 days to issue your check and your bank five days to post it, you may be waiting a total of 26 days to get your money. That’s where tracking your refund comes in handy.
If it’s being sent by mail, the IRS says it could take six to eight weeks for your tax refund to arrive. Here are some possible dates when you could receive your refund depending on when you filed.
When your tax refund could arrive
If you file on this date
This is the soonest
This is the latest
April 15 (last day to file)
Oct. 15 (last day with extension)
It’s past the ‘latest’ date for my tax refund arrival. When should I call the IRS to check my status?
While you can call the IRS to check your status, the agency’s live phone assistance is extremely limited at this time, so you may wait on hold for a while to speak to a representative. Also, the IRS says you should only call if it’s been 21 or more days since you filed your taxes online or if the Where’s My Refund tool tells you to contact the IRS.
For more information about your taxes, here’s when the 2021 deadline is to file your tax return, how to claim missing stimulus money on your taxes and everything to know about the third stimulus check.
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