In IR-2022-109 dated May 25, 2022, The Internal Revenue Service made an important enhancement to the “Where’s My Refund?” online tool this week, introducing a new feature that allows taxpayers to check the status of their current tax year and two previous years’ refunds.
Tax Years To Check Their Refund Status.
They’ll need their Social Security number or ITIN, filing status and expected refund amount from the original filed tax return for the tax year they’re checking.
Previously, “Where’s My Refund?” only displayed the status of the most recently filed tax return within the past two tax years. Information available to those calling the refund hotline will be limited to the 2021 tax return.
Using “Where’s My Refund?”, taxpayers can start checking the status of their refund within:
- 24 hours after e-filing a tax year 2021 return.
- Three or four days after e-filing a tax year 2019 or 2020 return.
- Four weeks after mailing a return.
The IRS reminds taxpayers that Online Account continues to be the best option for finding their prior year adjusted gross income, balance due or other type of account information.
“We encourage those who expect a refund, but requested an extension, to file as soon as they’re ready. We process returns on a first-in basis, so the sooner the better,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “There’s really no reason to wait until October 17 if filers have the relevant information to file now. Free File is still available for extension recipients to use to prepare and file their federal tax return for free.”
Electronic filing is open 24/7 and the IRS continues to receive returns and issue refunds. Once taxpayers have filed, they can track their refund with “Where's My Refund?”
About the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ tool
- Return received.
- Refund approved.
- Refund sent.
The tool is updated once a day, usually overnight, and gives taxpayers a projected refund issuance date as soon as it’s approved.
It’s also one of the most popular online features available from IRS. The “Where’s My Refund?” tool was developed in 2002 and was used by taxpayers more than 776 million times in 2021.
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