Since 2003 taxpayers have been able to use the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund?” Web page to track down refunds directly from their own computers. But exactly when you need this service depends on how you filed your return.
- If you e-filed, the IRS says it should take no longer than three weeks for you to get your refund.
- If you filed a paper return and asked that your check be mailed to you, it could take up to eight weeks.
And you can also hunt down your refund by phone. A special automated toll-free line is dedicated to refund status reports. The number is (800) 829-1954.
Online or on the phone, you’ll have to provide the same information:
- Your social security number
- Your filing status
- The amount you’re expecting.
Unfortunately that doesn’t help me this year. I’m not waiting for a refund.