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Where's My Refund?

You can track the status of your IRS refund at this IRS page. You'll need:

  • Your Social Security Number (or ITIN-Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)
  • Your filing status
  • The exact amount (in whole dollars) of the refund due

If you filed a joint return, either Social Security Number can be used.


  • If you e-filed your return, wait at least 7 days before checking status.
  • If you filed a paper return, wait at least 4 weeks.

Limitations. Where's My Refund is not available:

  • On Mondays from midnight to 3:00 am Eastern time
  • For amended returns (Form 1040X)
  • For business returns

Refund status by phone. Call the IRS at 1.800.829.4477 (but wait until 4 weeks after filing).

Phishing and other refund scams. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers by phone or email. Do not respond to any phone call or email which:

  • Asks you to "confirm" information on your tax return, or
  • Offers to help get your refund faster.

These are likely to be scams.