IRS TAX TIP 2004-61
CHECK YOUR REFUND STATUS
If you have already filed your federal tax return and are due a refund, you have
several options for checking on the status of your refund, says the IRS.
One is “Where’s My Refund,” an Internet-based service available on the IRS
Web site, www.irs.gov. With “Where’s My Refund?,” you can get the information you
need quickly, efficiently and safely.
Simple online instructions guide taxpayers through a process that checks the
status of their refund after they provide identifying information shown on their tax
return. Once the information is processed, results can include one of several
That a return was received and is in processing,
The mailing date or direct deposit date of the taxpayer’s refund, or
Whether a refund has been returned to the IRS because it could not be
The results also include links to customized information that is based on the
taxpayer’s specific situation. The links guide taxpayers through the next steps needed to
resolve any issues that may be affecting their refund.
The “Where’s My Refund?” service meets stringent IRS security and privacy
certifications. Taxpayers enter identifying information that includes their Social
Security Number, filing status and the exact amount of their refund, using both dollars
The information must be entered exactly as it appears on the 2003 tax return
filed with the IRS, especially the expected refund amount. The exact information
verifies that the person is authorized to access that account and avoids an
“Where’s My Refund?” is accessible to visually impaired taxpayers with the Job
Access with Speech (JAWS) screen reader used with a Braille display and is
compatible with different JAWS modes.
If it has been at least four weeks since you filed your return, another option is to
check on the status of your refund by calling the toll-free IRS TeleTax System at 1-800-
829-4477. When you call, you will need