Track your 2020 tax refund: 2 ways to determine when it’ll arriveMarch 19, 2021
The IRS has a lot on its plate right now, between sending out theand processing . For those who , there’s some good news: The . But if you have filed and haven’t yet received your refund, it could be that the IRS is delayed due to the millions of they’ve already begun sending out.
One thing you can do while you wait is track your 2020 tax return (you can, too). And there are two ways to do it. As long as it’s been at least 24 hours since you submitted your return, you should be able to track your refund status online.
Our chart below outlines some dates your refund could arrive. If you still need to file, we suggest avoid sending in a paper return this year). We also recommend to speed up your refund arrival. In addition, here’s how the new now ( ). This story was recently updated.since e-filing is more convenient for both you and the IRS (the agency is asking people to
2 ways to track your 2020 tax refund status
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.
Interpret your IRS tax return status: Received, approved or sent
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 .)
When will my tax refund actually arrive?
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.
In addition, the IRS is reportedly facing delays complicated by (here’s more on ).
The date you get your tax refund also depends on how you filed your return.
For example, if the refund is going, 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|
|March 1||March 8||March 22|
|April 1||April 8||April 22|
|April 15||April 22||May 6|
|May 17 (last day to file)||May 24||June 7|
|Oct. 15 (last day with extension)||Oct. 22||Nov. 5|
It’s past the ‘latest’ date for my tax refund to arrive. 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, and everything to know about the .
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