The tax season got off to a late start because of changes the IRS had to make to its system to reflect the tax breaks that were passed in late 2010. Tens of thousands of people in just Ohio waited until the last two weeks to file. If this is you, no matter where you live, you can check the status of your refund.
If you e-filed and selected direct deposit, your refund should arrive within 7-10 days of filing your return. The date on mine was a lot closer to 10 days. If you e-filed and selected a paper check your wait will be three weeks. If you filed a paper return and selected a paper check, your refund will take six weeks. If you filed an amended return, expect your refund in 8-12 weeks.
If you want to verify that timeline, you can check the status of your refund on the IRS website. Click on “Where’s My Refund” to track your money. You need to enter your social security number and the amount of your refund, so make sure you are browsing in “private mode.” Click here for tips to browse privately.
If you don’t have a computer, you can call the IRS Refund Hotline at 1-800-829-1954.
There’s also an app for smartphone users. IRS2GO allows you to check the status of your refund. Again, be concerned about privacy.