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Where's My Refund? How to Check the Status of My Tax Return

Find out if the IRS received your tax return and check the status of your refund. Learn why your tax refund could be lower than you expected.


  • The IRS began issuing direct deposits and mailing paper stimulus checks on December 30, 2020 and will continue through January 2021.
  • You may instead receive your payment on a prepaid debit card. Watch your mail for an .

Information on the Previous CARES Act Stimulus Checks, April 2020

This information applies only to CARES Act payments, distributed during the spring of 2020.

These payments were authorized under the  signed on March 27, 2020.

Learn About Stimulus Payments Sent Via Prepaid Card

The Treasury Department announced on May 18 that almost four million . Watch this to learn about activating and using the card.

Payments Made to People Who Have Died Must Be Returned

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf a stimulus check arrives for someone who has died, you must return it to the IRS.

  • See the  in Q12.

  • Follow the

Nursing Homes and Care Facilities Cannot Claim Residents’ Stimulus Payments

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền , even if:

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou are in a nursing home or assisted living facility

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYour facility receives the payment

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou are on Medicaid

Check Payment Status or Provide Direct Deposit Information to the IRS

Go to the IRS page to check your payment’s status. For , see the IRS stimulus payment information center.

In some cases, you can also enter your direct deposit information in the tool. For help, see the into the tool. You can also check the "Update your bank account or mailing address" section on the page.

Most People Don’t Need to Do Anything to Get Their Stimulus Check

You will not have to do anything to receive your payment by direct deposit or check if:

  • You filed a tax return for 2019 or 2018, or

Income Eligibility for Coronavirus Stimulus Checks

  • Individuals, including Social Security recipients, earning $75,000 or less will receive a $1,200 payment.

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnMarried couples filing joint returns with incomes of $150,000 or less will receive a $2,400 payment.

  • People with incomes higher than those levels will receive partial payments. Individuals earning more than $99,000 and couples earning more than $198,000 will not receive any payment, unless they have children.

  • Parents of qualifying children will get a one-time payment of $500 per child.

Previous CARES Act Non Tax-Filers Who Didn't Provide Stimulus Payment Information to the IRS by October 15 May Be Able to Receive Payment in 2021

Some people who weren’t required to file a tax return had to provide basic information to the IRS to get their CARES Act check. These included very low-income workers and some veterans. If you were in this category and you submitted your information by October 15, 2020, you should receive your payment by the end of the year.

If You Missed the October 15 Deadline, You May Be Eligible For the Payment in 2021

If you didn't get a payment in 2020, or if you received less than the full amount you were entitled to, such as $500 for each qualifying child, you may be able to get the difference in 2021.

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền or the mobile app to check your refund online. This is the fastest and easiest way to track your refund. The systems are updated once every 24 hours.

You can to check on the status of your refund. However, IRS live phone assistance is extremely limited at this time.Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền Wait times to speak with a representative can be long. But you can avoid the wait by using the automated phone system. Follow the message prompts when you call.

When to Expect Your Refund

Refunds are generally issued within 21 days of when you electronically filed your tax return or 42 days of when you filed paper returns. If it’s been longer, find out why your .

How to Check the Status of Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you're trying to find out the status of your coronavirus stimulus payment, go to the IRS's page. You can learn whether your payment has been issued, and if it's coming by direct deposit or mailed check. 

Learn more about the stimulus payments, including whether you qualify for one and what, if anything, you may have to do to get yours.

  •  at 1-800-829-1040 (Wait times to speak to a representative may be long.)

  • Looking for emails or status updates from your e-filing website or software

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you file your taxes by mail, using will allow you to track your tax return and get a confirmation when the IRS has received it. 

    What Information Should I Have to Get My Tax Return Status?

    If you call the IRS, you should have the following information ready when you ask about your tax return’s status:

    • Social Security number and birth date

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnFiling status: Are you single, married, or a head of household?

    • Any prior communications from the IRS

    What Is the Status of My State Tax Return?

    To see if your state tax return was received, you can check with your . There, you can find out whether your refund is being processed or get further contact information to confirm that your return was received.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền works:

    1. The Bureau of Fiscal Services (BFS) will check if your name and taxpayer information are in its delinquent debtor database.
    2. If there is a match, BFS will notify you that it is deducting the amount you owe from your tax refund.
    3. BFS will send the outstanding amount to the government agency to which you owed the money.

    If you owe more money than the payment you were going to receive, then BFS will send the entire amount to the other government agency. If you owe less, BFS will send the agency the amount you owed, and then send you the remaining balance.

    Here's an example: you were going to receive a $1,500 federal tax refund. But you are delinquent on a student loan and have $1,000 outstanding. BFS will deduct $1,000 from your tax refund and send it to the correct government agency. It will also send you a notice of its action, along with the remaining $500 that was due to you as a tax refund.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnThe Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can help you .

    If a Deduction Was Made in Error

    If you believe that a deduction was an error, contact the agency that said you owed money. Call the Treasury Offset Program at 1-800-304-3107Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền to locate the agency you need to contact.

    page. You'll need to enter your Social Security number, filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. You may be prompted to change your address online. 

    You can also to check on the status of your refund. Wait times to speak with a representative can be long. But, you can avoid waiting by using the automated phone system. Follow the message prompts when you call.

    If you move, submit a to the IRS; you should also submit a Change of Address to the USPS.

    Unclaimed Federal Tax Refunds 

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you are eligible for a federal tax refund and don’t file a return, then your refund will go unclaimed. Even if you aren't required to file a return, it might benefit you to file if:

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnFederal taxes were withheld from your pay


    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou qualify for the

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou may not have filed a tax return because your wages were below the filing requirement. But you can still file a return within three years of the filing deadline to get your refund.

    State Refund Checks

    For information about your state tax refund check, .

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    Last Updated: January 11, 2021