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Ask A CPA - Where is My Federal Tax Refund?

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Nine out of 10 taxpayers typically receive refunds between 14 and 21 days, when they use e-file with direct deposit. Due to the large number of inquiries and to avoid service disruptions, the IRS strongly urges taxpayers to only check on their refunds once a day. IRS systems ("Where's My Refund") are only updated once a day, usually overnight, and the same information is available whether on the internet, IRS2go smartphone app or on IRS toll-free lines (1-800-829-4477). While "Where's My Refund" is updated nightly, your account will not change that frequently. The heavy volume of refund inquiries means that the IRS anticipates both "Where's My Refund?" on IRS.gov and the refund feature on the IRS2go phone app will have limited availability during busier periods. Here are some tips to help taxpayers with their refund questions: Have the right tax information ready before using any of the IRS refund tools. This includes Social Security number, filing status and refund amount. You don't need to check the IRS website “Where's My Refund” more than once a day as your information will not change. To avoid system delays, the best time to check on refunds is evening and weekends. There is no need to call the IRS about your refund; the telephone service has the same information that is available on “Where’s My Refund”.

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