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Where’s my refund? Check your tax return status.

Did you know you don’t have to call the IRS to see when your tax refund will be in your bank account? In fact, the IRS recently updates their FAQs on the status of non-amended and amended returns and say you should refer to those rather than calling them. Due to COVID-19, there are still processing delays way over the usual 21 days for tax refunds, even longer if your tax return was paper filed, rather than electronically filed.

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If you are curious not only about where your refund is, but whether the IRS has received it or not, the Where’s My Refund? webpage on the IRS website will tell you. Not only will it tell you if the return has been received, but it informs the taxpayer if it is in the approved or sent status. Once on the webpage, you will click the blue box labeled “Check My Refund Status”. You will need your social security number or ITIN, your filing status, and your exact refund amount. This function only works for the most recently filed tax return within the past two tax years.

There is a separate webpage to check the status of an amended tax return called Where’s My Amended Return? When on the webpage, it tells you when to check the status, what you need to have ready and how to find the status using the blue button that says “Amended Return Status.” The status of an amended tax return can be tracked for this year and up to three years prior.

Are you still waiting on your tax refund? Do you want to know where your tax return, amended or non-amended, sits with the IRS? Please see the FAQs listed on the IRS website, or contact a Henry+Horne professional.

Cierra Tate

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