How To Track Your Tax Refund From the IRS to Your Bank Account

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Track Your Tax Refund Straight From the IRS to Your Bank Account

In order to track your tax refund straight from the IRS to your bank account you will need to access a few tools. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you’ve got about one week left until the tax deadline day of April 18, 2022. (That’s also the last day ever to file for any of the $1.5 billion in unclaimed tax refunds from 2018.

If you have finished your taxes, you’ll receive your tax refund in about three weeks, assuming you filed electronically using  direct deposit. The IRS has already issued nearly 58 million tax refunds this tax season at an average of $3,263. Filing a paper return will result in a delayed tax refund.

However you file your taxes, once your return has been accepted by the IRS, you can start tracking your tax refund until it arrives in your bank account. If you’re getting a paper check, you can even track that check to your mailbox using a free tool from the Postal Service.

How to use the Where’s My Refund tool on the IRS site

To check the status of your 2021 income tax refund using the IRS tracker tools, you’ll need to provide some personal information: your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number; your filing status (single, married or head of household); and your refund amount in whole dollars, which you can find on your tax return. Make sure it’s been at least 24 hours (or up to four weeks if you mailed your return) before you start tracking your refund.

Using the IRS tool Where’s My Refund, go to the Get Refund Status page, enter your personal data, then press Submit. If you entered your information correctly, you’ll be taken to a page that shows your refund status. 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.

Where’s My Refund has information on the most recent tax refund that the IRS has on file within the past two years, so if you’re looking for return information from previous years you’ll need to check your IRS online account for more information. Through your own personalized account you’ll be able to see the total amount you owe, your payment history, key information about your most recent tax return, notices you’ve received from the IRS and your address on file.

How to use IRS2Go to track your tax refund

The IRS also has a mobile app called IRS2Go, available for both iOS and Android, that checks your tax refund status. It’s available in English and Spanish. You’ll be able to see if your return has been received, approved and sent.

In order to log in, you’ll need your Social Security number, filing status and expected refund amount. The IRS updates the data in this tool overnight, so if you don’t see a status change, check back the following day. Once your return and refund are approved, you’ll receive a personalized date by which to expect your money.

Learning how to track your tax refund straight From the IRS to your bank account is simplified when using the correct tools. Don’t hesitate to reach out to North Bethesda CPA to answer any questions you might have regarding your taxes by contacting us. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Instagram!


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