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Can I use the IRS’s website to check the status of a refund on a prior year’s return?

IRS’s ” Where’s My Refund ” tool will display the status of your most recently filed tax return within the past two tax years. You can also view your IRS account information or Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040

How quickly will I get my refund?

IRS will issue most refunds in less than 21 calendar days. However, it takes the IRS more than 21 days to issue refunds for some 2021 tax returns that require review, including incorrect Recovery Rebate Credit amounts

It’s been more than 21 days, and I haven’t received my refund. What should I do?

Many different factors can affect the timing of your refund after the IRS receives your return. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, your refund may take longer. You can check the IRS’s “Where’s My Refund” tool to get an updated status or call the IRS at 1 800-829-104

When can I start checking “Where’s My Refund” for my refund status?

You can use the “Where’s My Refund” tool to start checking on your electronically filed return within 24 hours after the IRS has received your return or at least four weeks after you mailed a paper return off to the IRS

Will “Where’s My Refund?” show me when I’ll receive my refund?

Where’s My Refund?” will give you a personalized date after the IRS processes your return and approves your refund

How will I know that my tax return is being processed?

Where’s My Refund?” Follows your tax return step by step until it is approved by the IRS. It will tell you when your return is in received, processing, and if your refund is approved or released

What happens when “Where’s My Refund” shows my tax return status as received?

The “Received” status means that the IRS has recognized your return and will be processing it soon as possible

What happens when “Where’s My Refund” shows my refund status as approved?

The “Approved” status means that the IRS has approved your refund and is preparing to disburse your refund on the method chosen

How long will it take for my status to change from return received to refund approved?

The IRS is processing returns as they are received. Sometimes it could vary within a few days, but it could take longer. Continue to check the IRS’s “ Where’s My Refund ” tool every 24 hours

I requested my refund to be direct deposited. So why does the “Where’s My Refund” tool say I am going to receive a paper check?

There are three possible reasons why the IRS would change the disbursement method to a paper check. They are as follows:
• The IRS can only deposit refunds electronically into accounts in your name, your spouse’s name, or a joint account
• A financial institution may reject a direct deposit
• The IRS can’t deposit more than three electronic refunds into a single financial account

Why is my refund different from the tax return I filed?

• All or part of your refund may have been used (offset) to pay off past-due federal tax, state income tax, state unemployment compensation debts, child support, spousal support, or other federal nontax debts, such as student loans. To find out if you may have an offset or if you have questions about an offset, contact the IRS to see which agency your refund has been applied too
• The IRS may also have changed your refund amount because they changed your tax return. This may include corrections to any incorrect Recovery Rebate Credit amount. You’ll get a notice explaining the changes. “Where’s My Refund?” will reflect the reasons for the refund offset when it relates to a change in your tax return

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