The IRS Wants You to Know -"Where's My Refund?"

Mark Hake

The IRS just published a new video on YouTube called "Where's My Refund" that you may want to see. It is just over a minute long but gets you all the essential information on getting your refund.

If you don't want to watch it, here is what it essentially says:

  1. If you e-filed your return, after 24 hours, go to to check on its status.
  2. You will see a page entitled "Where's My Refund"
  3. You can download the IRS2Go app to check your refund status, or you can check it on the website.
  4. You will need:
  • Social Security Number or ITIN
  • Your filing status
  • Your exact refund amount

5. If you mailed your return, you have to wait 4 weeks

6. Updates are made daily, usually overnight

The IRS wants you to use these sites in order to prevent people from calling in. It also has a secondary page here, to allow you to check on other information, including amended return information.

How Long Does It Take to Get Paid

The bottom line here is that the IRS is trying to get you information about your refund - not necessarily the actual refund - quicker and easier.

The IRS has a PDF here that provides general info on how long it takes to get a refund. Generally, it's about 3 weeks with an e-file return and longer otherwise. Here is what it says:

" If you file a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund should be issued in about six to eight weeks from the date IRS receives your return. If you file your return electronically, your refund should be issued in less than three weeks, even faster when you choose direct deposit."

No one should rely on my article, this site, or frankly even the IRS as to the reliability of how long it will take if ever, to get your tax return.


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Mark Hake is a financial analyst, investor, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He writes about US and foreign stocks as well as cryptos, hedge funds, and private equity. He previously ran his own hedge fund, investment research firm, and acted as CFO for a fintech startup. He focuses on finding value, arbitrage, and hidden asset opportunities.

Phoenix, AZ

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