We recently posted an article, “Getting the Refund Runaround?” addressing many of the issues you might have about the tax season delays. While the IRS is busy playing catch-up to the late season start, they admit to getting bombarded with inquiries.
The IRS is strongly urging taxpayers to only check on their refunds once a day. The agency notes that its systems are only updated once a day, usually overnight, and taxpayer account data will not change that frequently. Whether you check on the internet, IRS2go smartphone app or call the IRS, the information provided will be the same. The IRS also advises the best time to check is evenings and weekends.
When you check, you’ll need the following:
- Social Security number
- Filing status (married, single, head of household)
- Refund amount you’re expecting
With the convenience of checking on smartphones and tablets, there is the illusion that your refund status may be updated quicker; however, we’re talking about the IRS – not UPS. Refunds are still expected within 21 days for most taxpayers.
For more information, visit the IRS Press Center.