The status of yourmay be more important this year than ever. It's certainly more confusing. For example, the IRS may owe you a if it processes your 2020 taxes and finds you didn't get as much money in this round of as you should ( ). In addition, any left from the will arrive bundled with .
And sincedelivery is the IRS' priority, there could be a delay in processing 2020 tax returns, calculating plus-up payments and sending your tax refund. Even if you don't get a refund, we'll show you how to use the IRS tax refund tracker to see if your tax return has been processed. Note that the new . Also, if you paid taxes on , the IRS will .
We've listed some potential dates in the chart below for how long it could take to get your refund typically. We suggest avoid sending in a paper return this year. We also recommend to get your refund quicker. Here's what we know so far about a potential , how you can get more money with a , , and . This story is updated frequently.if you still need to submit it -- the IRS recommends you
Two quick ways to track your 2020 tax refund status
You need several things on hand to track the status of your tax refund: your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, your filing status -- for example, single, married or head of household -- and your exact refund amount in whole dollars, which can be found on your tax return. Also, make sure it's been at least 24 hours before you try tracking your refund.
Using the IRS tool Where's My Refund, enter your Social Security number or ITIN, your filing status and your exact refund amount, then press Send. If you entered your information correctly, you'll be taken to a page that shows the status of your refund. If not, you may be asked to verify your personal tax data and try again. If all the information looks correct, you'll need to enter the date you filed your taxes, along with whether you filed electronically or on paper.
There's also a mobile app, called IRS2Go, that checks your tax refund status. The IRS updates the data in this tool overnight each day, so if you don't see a status change after 24 hours or more, check back the next day.
How to see your tax return status
Both the IRS tools (online and mobile) will show you one of three messages to explain your tax return status.
- Received: The IRS now has your tax return and is working to process it.
- Approved: The IRS has processed your return and confirmed the amount of your refund, if you're owed one.
- Sent: Your refund is now on its way to your bank via direct deposit or as a paper check to your mailbox. (Here's how to .)
When will your tax refund arrive? Here are some potential dates below
The IRS says it issues most tax refunds within 21 days, but many people typically get their refunds much sooner. However, this year, the IRS is reportedly facing delays complicated by the fact that it's (here's more on .) If there are any errors, it might take the agency longer to process and issue your tax refund. The same goes for people who filed a claim for an earned income tax credit or the (here's .)
The date you get your tax refund also depends on how you filed your return. For example, with refunds going, it could take an additional five days for your bank to post it to your account. This means if it took the IRS the full 21 days to issue your check and your bank five days to post it, you may be waiting a total of 26 days to get your money.
If you submit your tax return by mail, the IRS says it could take six to eight weeks for your tax refund to arrive. That's where tracking your refund comes in handy. Here are some possible dates when you could receive your refund, depending on when you filed.
When your tax refund could arrive, if no additional delay
|If you file or filed on this date||This is the soonest||This is the latest|
|Mar 1||Mar 8||Mar 22|
|Apr 1||Apr 8||Apr 22|
|Apr 15||Apr 22||May 6|
|May 17 (last day to file)||May 24||Jun 7|
|Oct 15 (last day with extension)||Oct 22||Nov 5|
It's past the 'latest' date to get your tax refund. Should you call the IRS?
While you can technically call the IRS to check your status, the agency's live phone assistance is extremely limited at this time, so you may wait on hold for a while to speak to a representative. Also, the IRS says you should only call if it's been 21 or more days since you filed your taxes online or if the Where's My Refund tool tells you to contact the IRS.
For more information about your taxes, here's when the, and everything to know about the .