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Checking the Status of Your Tax Refund

  • March 13, 2018 by hamiltontharp
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Did you know taxpayers can check the status of their 2017 tax refund online? The Where’s My Refund?” tool is available on and through the IRS mobile app, IRS2GO.

  • E-filers can check the status of a return within 24 hours after the IRS received their return.
  • Paper-filers can check the status of a return four weeks after they mail a paper return.

Updating daily, “Where’s My Refund?” has the most up-to-date information about the status of your refund. The tool displays when the return is received, approved and sent. After the IRS approves the refund, an actual refund date is provided.

To check the status of your refund you will need three pieces of information:

  • your social security number or ITIN,
  • your filing status,
  • your exact refund amount.

Checking the Refund Status of Your California State Income Tax Return

The State of California Franchise Tax Board also provides a tool for individuals to check the status of their California state income tax return.

  1. Visit:
  2. Download the FTB Mobile app, the official app of the Franchise Tax Board.

Remember, some tax returns require additional processing time. We’ve listed some of the most common circumstances below that can impact refund timing.

  • Filing a return that includes errors or is incomplete. The IRS will contact taxpayers by mail if it needs more information to process a return.
  • Taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit may experience a refund hold. By law, the IRS cannot issue these refunds before mid-February.
  • Tax-related Identity Theft or Fraud


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