Refund Status

Where’s My Federal Tax Refund?

You filed your tax return and you’re expecting a refund. You have just one question and you want the answer now – Where’s My Tax Refund? Whether you split your refund among several accounts, opted for direct deposit to one account or asked IRS to mail you a check, you can track your refund through this secure Web site. You can get tax refund information even if you filed just to request the telephone excise tax refund.

To get to your personal refund information, be ready to enter your:

If you don’t receive your refund within 28 days from the original IRS mailing date shown on Where’s My Refund?, you can start a refund trace online.

If Where’s My Refund? shows that IRS was unable to deliver your refund, you can change your address online. Where’s My Refund? will prompt you when these features are available for your situation.

  • If you e-Filed your tax return your refund will generally be processed in up to 4 weeks.
  • If you filed your tax return on paper, your refund will generally be processed within 8 weeks. Please note, if you mailed your tax return using Certified Mail it could take up to 3 additional weeks.


Regardless of whether you file your return electronically or on paper, if you request a paper tax refund check instead of direct deposit, please add another week to your wait time. Consider using e-File and have your refund deposited directly into your bank account if you would like to receive your refund faster.

  • If you requested your tax refund be deposited into your bank account but you (or your tax preparer) entered your bank account numbers incorrectly into your tax preparation software, or we keyed your bank account numbers incorrectly from your paper tax return, the bank will not be able to process the deposit. When this occurs the bank notifies us and we will manually re-issue your refund as a check. This process could take up to 2 weeks between the time we receive notification from the bank and when you receive the paper check.
  • As noted above, to reduce the risk of refund fraud, the Department uses various processes to validate refunds prior to issuance.  These additional processes could delay the receipt of your refund.