The IRS is always busy during the spring season, but this year the agency is hustling more than ever to keep up with its extra workload, smaller staff and back log of tax returns.
If you’re still waiting on your tax return to arrive, either through direct deposit to your bank or as a paper check, don’t file a second tax return or call the IRS (per a statement on the agency’s website). Instead, use one of two tools available through the IRS website and/or its mobile app to check the status of your return.
How to check when you will receive your tax return
IRS2Go is the official mobile app of the IRS, which you can use to check your refund status, make a payment, find free tax preparation assistance, sign up for helpful tax tips and more. The app is available in Spanish and English, and you can download it from Google Play, the Apple App Store or Amazon.
You can also use the “Where’s My Refund” tool on the IRS website. To check your refund status, you will need your social security number or ITIN, your filing status and the exact refund amount you are expecting.
The IRS updates the tool’s refund status on a daily basis, usually overnight, so check back in routinely for the most up-to-date information.
If it’s been more than 21 days since you e-filed your federal tax return, you should you call the agency directly.
If you haven’t filed your taxes for the 2021 tax year yet, consider going with a tax prep software that offers expert tax assistance. Speaking with a tax-prep expert may help ensure that your return is accurate, which can help facilitate a timely return.