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Refund Information(p84)

To check the status of your refund, go to, or use the free IRS2Go app, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information about your refund generally will be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. But if you filed Form 8379 with your return, allow 14 weeks (11 weeks if you filed electronically) before checking your refund status.
The IRS can’t issue refunds before mid-February 2018 for returns that claim the earned income credit or the additional child tax credit. This delay applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with these credits.
The IRS expects the earliest that earned income credit and/or additional child tax credit related refunds will be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards is February 27, 2018, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return.
To use Where's My Refund, have a copy of your tax return handy. You will need to enter the following information from your return:
Where's My Refund will provide an actual personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund.
Updates to refund status are made once a day–usually at night.
If you don't have Internet access, you can call 1-800-829-1954 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for automated refund information. Our phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return.
Don't send in a copy of your return unless asked to do so.
To get a refund, you generally must file your return within 3 years from the date the return was due (including extensions).
Where's My Refund doesn't track refunds that are claimed on an amended tax return.
Refund information also is available in Spanish at and 1-800-829-1954.