Every year around this time I get inundated with questions from people wondering when they’ll receive their tax refund. If you’ve been wondering about this, then be sure to check out the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS website*.
To use the tool, you’ll need your Social Security number, your filing status, and the whole dollar amount of your expected refund. From there, it’s just a matter of plugging in the numbers and clicking submit. Assuming that they’ve processed your return – and that you entered the right info – your refund status should pop out. Note that you can check on your return 72 hours after filing if you e-filed, whereas you’ll have to wait 3-4 weeks to check the status if you filed a paper return.
In our case, I met with our tax guy for a final review last Thursday and he e-filed our return shortly thereafter. As of yesterday, the IRS is reporting that we should receive our refund – our first tax refund in several years – no later than April 19, 2011.
*Note: If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, “there’s an app for that.” It’s called IRS2go, and it’s little more than a front end for the “Where’s My Refund?” tool. Regardless, it gives you the ability to check on your refund on the go.