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Where's My Refund - It's Quick, Easy and Secure.

When Will I Get My Refund?

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You can generally expect the IRS to issue your refund in less than 21 calendar days after we receive your tax return.

Use this tool to check on the status of your refund. It provides the most up-to-date information the IRS has. There’s no need to call us unless Where’s My Refund? tells you to do so. Where’s My Refund? is updated every 24 hours – usually overnight -- so you only need to check once a day.


Most taxpayers can file their tax returns now. Some 2012 tax forms cannot be filed until the first week of March because they require more extensive programming.

1. When to check... 2. What you need... 3. How...
  • Within 24 hours after we’ve received your e-filed tax return

  • 4 weeks after you mail your paper return
  • Social Security Number

  • Filing status

  • Exact refund amount

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 11-Feb-2013