With the official close of the 2015 tax filing season on April 15, the vast majority of American taxpayers have filed their income tax returns and received their income tax refunds.
As of April 3, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that it had already received over 99 million returns and issued more than 77 million refunds to taxpayers that averaged over $2,800 each.
The 'Where's My Refund?' tool allows taxpayers to quickly, easily and securely track their refund. Initial information will normally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer's e-filed return or four weeks after the taxpayer mails a paper return to the IRS.
The system updates only once every 24 hours, usually overnight, so there's no need to check on your refund more than once per day.
Taxpayers should have their Social Security number (SSN), filing status, and exact refund amount ready to enter when accessing 'Where's My Refund?'
According to the IRS, income tax refunds are generally issued within 21 days after the agency receives a return. You should only call the IRS in regards to the status of your refund if it has been longer than 21 days.
Taxpayers can find more information about refunds and other tax-related topics at IRS.gov.