IRS e-file Refund Cycle Chart For the most up-to-date information on your refund, go to www.irs.gov and click on Where’s My Refund? Use Where’s My Refund? to Check the Status of Your Refund. The improved Where’s My Refund? tool will give you personalized refund information based on the processing of your 2012 tax return. Just use the IRS2Go phone app or go to IRS.gov. Both are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we have received your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return.