How to Track Your Tax Refund (Including Stimulus Check)

When you are expecting a tax refund you likely spend everyday checking on its status. This is common for most U.S. taxpayers looking for a little financial relief. You have bills to pay and groceries to buy and need your refund fast. Fortunately, the IRS provides an online refund tracking tool to help you find your estimated tax return refund date.

When you check refund status updates online you get an approximate date for when your refund, or multiple refunds, will be posted. The process is fast to use and requires only a few steps from you. Learn how to track tax refund status updates and know where your money is today. 

How to Track Tax Refund Status and Know What to Expect
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You are counting on your tax refund to give you some financial relief. Staying patient is a challenge, especially when you know your refund amount and want the money in your bank. You are not the only person across the country to feel this way. 

Fortunately for you (and millions of others) the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also knows how much you are counting on your refund money to post. The “IRS track my refund” feature, which is located on the IRS website, helps track your state and federal tax return refund status every step of the way.

Because the IRS processes so many tax refunds simultaneously they cannot promise an exact date your refund will post. 

Most tax refunds are issued within twenty-one days after your return is accepted. This timeframe is more accurate for online returns processed without any mistakes or issues. You want to make a budget and have plans for your refund money. Using the IRS tracking system to estimate tax refund posting status for both state and federal returns keep you apprised as best is possible.

Many people have questions about this tracking system and how it works. What factors influence how fast I get my refund? Why is my state refund on a different timeframe than my federal return? 

Additional reasons your refund might be delayed include:

  • Identity theft or fraud.
  • Audit.
  • Bank or credit union error.

Keep in mind that adding Injured Spouse Allocation, Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit claims add approximately fourteen days to the processing time. If you mailed your tax return it also might take longer to receive your refund. Your return will likely be delayed if it was filled with any mistakes, incorrect use of an official word or even the number “0,” entered where it was supposed to be blank. The IRS sends notifications if your file was rejected due to errors or missing documents. 

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