How to check your tax return status for free!

Have you ever wondered when your tax refund will arrive or what the status of your tax return is?

The IRS features tools on their website that you allow you to get information abut your tax return. We are going to show you how to use the tools while breaking down some methods available.  The IRS has 2 online tools for you to check the status of your tax return but there's also a method to check your status without using a computer. The easiest method to get information about your tax return is just to ask your accountant or CPA.

"Where's My Refund" - the online tool

According to the IRS 9 out of 10 requests are able to receive a response within 3 working weeks from the filing date if they're received electronically but if you decide to mail your tax return a response can take up to 8 weeks.To help you there is an online tool called  "Where's My Refund - It's Quick, Easy, and Secure".

To use this tool you need to know your social security number as well as the exact dollar amount of your tax refund. Without this information you won't be able to access "Where's My Refund" and most likely you need to wait until the payment officially clears, unless you are using a CPA or accountant to file your taxes.

If you filed your tax return electronically you can access this information 24 hours after the irs receives your tax return. If you mailed your tax return to the IRS you may have to wait up to 4 weeks.  With this tool you will be able to find out if your refund was approved or denied.

IRS2GO - the Smartphone application

This is probably the easiest method to check for a tax refund update. If you have a Smartphone you need to download the IRS2GO app (free of charge) and simply fill in all the blank fields to find out your payment status.

To access this information from your Smartphone you need to know your Social Security Number, your filing status, and the exact amount dollar amount of your refund - the same information as the online tool "Where's My Refund". The process is safe and the response is instant.

More than 1 million taxpayers decided to download the app from Android Marketplace so far. Aside from checking your return status this app also allows you to pay your taxes and find tax preparation assistance, Using this app is free.If you use an iPhone you can download this app from the Apple App Store and Android users can download IRS2GO  from the Android Marketplace.

Call the IRS for clearance

If you don't want to check your tax return status online or you're not willing to submit personal information through the internet you can benefit from another method to complete the process. The IRS has a hotline that you can call to find out the status of your tax refund. The phone number is (800-829-1954) Just provide your Social Security Number, your filling status and the exact dollar amount you expect to be refunded.

This automatic service is available every day of the week, 24 hours a day and you can check your refund in English or Spanish. If you have additional questions related to your taxes you can get live assistance on the phone at 1-800-829-1040 from Monday to Friday between 7AM and 7 PM.

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