We will show you how to track your tax refund for 2020. Sarah Tew /
If you are due to a tax refund after submitting your 2020 tax return to the IRS, reading the wait game to get your money back seems to be the longest part of declare your taxes . Fortunately, you can track the status of any tax refund you may be owed , from start to finish.
This year you have several good reasons to file early, rather than data request for an extension : First, the sooner you submit your taxes, the sooner you could get your 2020 tax refund . Second, you can claim any Missing stimulus check on your taxes as Recovery discount credit . Our table below shows some dates you can expect to see your refund.'tax.
To get your refund faster, you can set up direct deposit and file electronically instead of going the paper route - plus you can start tracking your payment after 24 hours of electronic filing. This year in particular, the IRS is asking taxpayers to avoid filing paper returns , if possible, so as not to compound a current delay caused by a backlog from last year , when fiscal deadline has been extended due to the COVID -19 pandemic . Democrats suggested the target extension of the tax filing deadline this year as well.
Right now, we are offering two tools to help you track your 2020 refund after you file your tax return. But you can also keep in mind that tax season could affect your payment for a potential third stimulus check up to $ 1,400 per person . Here's everything we know about when your third check might come and how could be more targeted , which could disqualify more people . This story is updated frequently.
2 IRS tools that help you track your refund status. Here's how to use them
There are several things you'll need to track the status of your tax refund: your social security number or tax ID number, your filing status - for example, single, married, or head of household - and the amount exact amount of your full dollar refund, which you will find on your tax return.
Using the IRS Tool Where is my refund , enter your number social security or ITIN, your filing status and the mbefore your refund is correct, then press Send . If you have entered your information correctly, you will be taken to a page showing the status of your refund. If not, you may need to verify your personal tax data and try again. If all of the information looks correct, you'll need to enter the date you filed your tax returns, as well as how you reported them - electronically or on paper.
There is also a mobile app that you can use to check the status of your tax refund called IRS2Go , which is useful if you are constantly checking when your refund is due to arrive at.
The IRS updates the data in this tool overnight every day, soc if you don't see a status change after 24 hours or more, come back the next day.
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What the condition meansof your current tax refund
When viewing the status of your tax refund in the IRS tool, you will see one of three messages.
- Receipt : The IRS now has your tax return and is working on processing it.
- Approved : The IRS has confirmed the amount of your refund.
- Sent: your refund is now on its way to your bank or by check to your home. (Here is how change your address now if you have moved .)
When will I receive my tax refund? Potential Dates
The IRS says it issues most tax refunds within 21 days, but many people will get their refunds much longer.ôt. It may take longer for the IRS to send your tax refund if there is an error, or if you have filed for an earned income tax credit or the Credit d ' children's tax .
But it also depends on how you filed your return.
For example, if the refund gets deposited directly into your bank account , it may take an additional five days for your bank to recognize it This means that if it took the IRS 21 days to issue your check and your bank five days to mail it, you could wait a total of 26 days to get your money back. wheretracking your refund is helpful.
If sent by mail, IRS says it could take six to eight weeks to arrive. Here are some possible dates you might receive your refund depending on when you deposited.
When your tax refund might arrive
| If you file on that date || This is the earliest || This is the last |
| February 14 || February 21 || March 7 |
| March 1 || March 8 || March 22 |
| April 1 || April 8 || April 22 |
| April 15 (last day for filing) || April 22 || May 6 |
| Oct 15 (last day with extension) || Oct 22 || Nov 5 |
Should you call the IRS to inquire about the status of your tax refund? It depends
While you can call the IRS to check your status, the agency 's live phone support is extremely limited At this point, you can therefore wait a while to speak to a representative. In addition, 2021 the deadline is to file your tax return , comment claim an absence of stimulus money on your taxes and the real reason you should sign up for direct deposit on your 2020 taxes .