The Internal Revenue Service has a message for taxpayers wanting to know status of their refund: Don’t call.
Instead of calling, the agency said taxpayers should use online tools to track their refund. The Where’s My Refund? tool is the easiest way to check the status of 2022, 2021 and 2020 tax refunds, the IRS said. You can also use IRS2Go, the agency’s mobile app, to check refund status.
Information for the current tax year is generally available within 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of a taxpayer’s e-filed return. If a paper return is filed, it can take up to four weeks before the status is available.
To use Where’s My Refund? tool, taxpayers have to enter their Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification number, filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of their expected refund from the original tax return for the year they are checking. The IRS updates the tool once a day, usually overnight, so there’s no need to check more often.
The quickest way to get a tax refund is to file electronically with direct deposit. Most refunds are issued within 21 days for taxpayers who file electronically with direct deposit, but some refunds can take longer for a variety of reasons, including returns needing additional review or returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit.
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