Show Me the Money!

So, you e-filed your taxes and now you want to know when your refund will arrive?  Well, that is simple with the IRS 'Where's My Money?' link.  It is found at www.irs.gov by clicking the 'Where's My Money?' logo on the right side of the page and then clicking the hyperlink in the middle of that page. 

You will need three pieces of information to track down your hard earned dollars.  The three are:

  • Social Security number of the primary taxpayer.  So, if you filed with your spouse, list the SSN for the first person listed on the return.
  • The filing status.  This can be found in the top third of the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms.  The options are Single, Head of Household, Married Filing Joint, Married Filing Separate, or Qualifying Widow(er).
  • The amount of our Federal tax refund before any fee deductions for tax preparation, transmission, or bank fees.

A page will come up and provide you with the date that the IRS is sending your money.  If they can not find your information, then you either just filed, or they have not received a return for you.  If a message comes up other than the date of when your refund will arrive, then it is important to follow up as requested.  Jot the phone number to contact as well as any extension numbers and codes that they want you to reference.

If you are looking for your state refund, most states offer their version of the IRS 'Where's My Money?' tool.  Go to your state's website and follow the directions.  Don't know your state website?  Then internet search 'State X Department of Revenue' and most likely the search result will point you in the right direction.  Ensure that the web address leads you to a site with a .gov address, as there are unfortunately scammers who search for personal information.  The required entry fields for the refund date vary by state, so have your state return handy to supply the necessary information.

If you used a tax professional, then feel free to contact them with questions concerning your refund, its arrival date, or any follow-up requested by the IRS.

 Wow, wasn't that simple!  What are you waiting for?  Find out when the IRS is going to show you your money! If you have additional questions contact your local income tax preparation office.

Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.

Posted To: Tax Rants by David Rocci By: David Rocci On: Friday, February 18, 2011
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