Tired of asking ‘Where’s My Refund?’

If you’ve filed your federal tax return and would like to stay updated on your IRS refund status, we can help.


Here are 5 tips for tracking your 2019 refund, avoiding delays and getting the money you deserve.


1. Start tracking with Where’s My Refund right away

You can begin to track your 2019 refund almost immediately after filing your return online. Once you’ve completed the filing process, visit the Where’s My Refund page and enter your Social Security number (or Tax ID #), filing status and the exact whole dollar amount you expect to get back.


It’s important to note that you may not find your refund status or be able to track your taxes until about 24 hours after the IRS has accepted your return. But once receipt is confirmed, the Where’s My Refund tool will post a “Return Received” update to notify you that your tax return review is underway.


2. Don’t set it and forget it

One of the biggest mistakes you can make—and one of the easiest to avoid—as you track your 2019 refund is to ‘set it and forget it.’ While confirming the IRS has received your return is an important first step, failing to follow up and stay apprised of your IRS refund status can lead to unexpected surprises down the road—creating issues that further delay your refund’s arrival.


Making an effort to find your refund and track your taxes on a regular basis ensures you’re aware of any hiccups in the process just as soon as they happen—and provides you the opportunity to react quickly once a problem occurs.

And, if your refund fails to show after 21 days of filing, you’ll be ready to contact the IRS and resolve the issue as soon as possible.


3. Learn if refund delays apply to you

If three weeks have passed and you have yet to receive a refund, the delay may not be due to lost, stolen or wrongly-mailed return, but rather the result of one of two exceptions laid out in the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015.”


PATH stipulates that the IRS may not issue a refund including the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) or the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) before or until mid-February. If you happen to file early in the year, and any portion of your refund is associated with the ACTC or EITC, you likely won’t get your refund until after the 21-day timeline.

So, before you ask yourself “where’s my refund?”, it may be wise to learn if one of these exceptions applies to you.


4. Track my 2019 refund with IRS2Go

Checking your IRS refund status can now be done anywhere and anytime with the IRS2Go mobile app—a fast and secure portal for tracking your 2019 taxes and making sure the return process is progressing on schedule.

IRS2Go provides an easy and convenient option for finding your refund and staying on top of your return on any mobile device. Available to download for free, IRS2Go also offers access to such features as IRS Direct Pay, free tax help and more.


5. Call these secret IRS phone numbers to get real-person help with your refund

Where’s My Refund offers a fast, easy-to-use way to find and track your 2019 refund status online.

But if you’re looking for a bit more information on your return, its progress or the specific reason your refund is delayed, these little-known IRS phone numbers will connect you with the live help you really need:

  • 800-829-1954 (for checking the status of your refund)
  • 866-897-3315 (for checking the status of a refund being held by the IRS)
  • 866-464-2050 (for checking the status of an amended return)


To get the tax refund you deserve, visit your local Liberty Tax® office today.


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