The IRS is experiencing delays processing returns this year.
If your return has been accepted and you are expecting a refund, you should be able to check the status of your refund with the IRS or with your state agency.
Below are direct links to the IRS and state websites where you can securely check the status of your refund online. Before accessing either (online or by phone), be sure that you have the following information available, as it may be required to properly access the status of your refund:
- Primary Social Security number as listed on the return
- Filing status listed on your accepted return (single, married filing joint, married filing separate, head of household, etc.)
- Amount of the expected refund as it was reported on the accepted return.
*Please note: All refunds are processed directly by the IRS/states.
How do I Check the Status of my Federal Refund?
Federal Refund Status: If you need to check the status of your refund, you can use the IRS online application by clicking on the following link: "Where's My Refund?". You can also check the status of your federal refund by phone by calling the IRS Refund Hotline at 1-800-829-1954. For video assistance with tracking your Federal refund, please click here.
Are refunds delayed this year (2021)?
The IRS is experiencing delays processing returns this year. This may be a result of the IRS reconciling the return with the economic impact payments (stimulus) sent during the last year.
Before the IRS releases the refund, they will review each return that has indicated they did not receive a payment. Those returns will be compared to the payments sent to ensure another payment is not issued to a taxpayer that has already received payment. This could cause a delay in the processing of those returns.
The IRS is working as quickly as possible to issue refunds to the taxpayers.
How do I Check the Status of my State Refund?
State Refund Status: Most states provide online status inquiry. Some states have automated phone verification for refund status, those telephone numbers are provided on the website.