To check the status of your refund, simply click the button -
You'll need three pieces of information to look up your refund. Here's what you need to have handy:
Your Social Security number or Employer Identification Number as used on the return
Filing status (i.e., single, head of household, married filing jointly, married filing separately)
The exact refund amount as filed on the return
When you plug this information in, you'll be redirected to a Refund Status Results screen. This screen shows you where your refund is in relation to three stages:
If your refund has been approved, you should also be able to see an estimated date for when it will be deposited into your bank account. There should also be a separate date for when you should contact your bank if your refund has not been received.
You can access the Where's My Refund tool from your laptop but it's also available as IRS2Go, an app for mobile phones, on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
According to the IRS, you can check on the status of your refund much faster if you filed electronically: information may be available 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return electronically. If you filed a paper return, the IRS advises that you check four weeks after mailing the return.
One important thing to remember is that the site is only updated once per day.