“Where’s My Refund?” Online Tool Has Been Enhanced

Still looking for a refund to your returns filed?  Unlike in previous years, you can now track refunds for the past two years. 

The IRS recently enhanced the “Where’s My Refund?” online tool and introduced a new feature that allows you to check the status for the current tax year and two previous years.  This is good news since, with COVID, paper returns were not timely processed and the IRS is working to catch up with the processing. 

To check for the status of your refund, you will need your Social Security Number or your ITIN, your filing status on the return and the expected amount of refund for the year you are checking. 

You are able to use this online tool 24 hours after e-filing your 2021 return, three or four days after e-filing returns for 2019 or 2020 or four weeks after mailing a paper return. 

Remember, the sooner you file a return, the sooner you can receive your expected refund.  Also, electronic filing of your return will make your refund available sooner.  Even if you have filed an extension for time to file your return, don’t procrastinate. Get your return filed and off of your TO DO list.  Then you don’t have to think about it any longer. 

The “Where’s My Refund?” tool is updated once a day, usually overnight, so you can check every day to determine your status.  This tool allows you to track your refund being received, your refund being approved and the date your refund was sent.

A Trivia Fact – the “Where’s My Refund?” Tool was used more than 776 million times during 2021. 


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About the Author

Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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