IRS “Where’s My Refund?” 2013 Update 3/7/13

January 24, 2013 in ,

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The IRS has released a statement regarding use of their Where’s My Refund tool. “Due to the large number of inquiries and to avoid service disruptions, the IRS strongly urges taxpayers to only check on their refunds once a day. IRS systems are only updated once a day, usually overnight, and the same information is available whether on the Internet, IRS2go smartphone app or on IRS toll-free lines. While Where’s My Refund is updated nightly, your account will not change that frequently.”

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Updated: 1/31/2013
The IRS Where’s My Refund? tool is now available so you can check the status of your refund through three stages: 1. Return Received, 2. Refund Approved and 3. Refund Sent.


Posted: 1/24/2013

To facilitate consistent communication and to limit any confusion for taxpayers who are submitting returns to their preparers before Jan. 30, 2013, the IRS updated the Where’s My Refund? landing page on It prominently states that Where’s My Refund? opens January 30, and that the link to the tool will be disabled until then. Other content on the page will be updated to be consistent with previously communicated messaging regarding refunds.

Updates to the Where’s My Refund? landing page include the following:

  • The IRS will not process your paper or electronic tax return before January 30.
  • This means the timeframe for issuing refunds will not begin before January 30. The IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days from the day they receive your tax return for processing.
  • Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, it’s possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.
  • Beginning January 30, you can use the improved Where’s My Refund? tool which, this year, will provide personalized information about your own tax return.

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