According to IRS, you can check the status of your federal tax refund by using the interactive tool, “Where’s My Refund?” about 24 hours after your tax return has been electronically filed. You will need some information from your tax return including your social security number, filing status (married, single, head of household) and the exact dollar amount of the refund you’re expecting.
According to the IRS website:
Where’s My Refund? has a new look for 2013! The tool will include a tracker that displays progress through 3 stages: (1) Return Received, (2) Refund Approved and (3) Refund Sent.
You will get personalized refund information based on the processing of your tax return. The tool will provide an actual refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Remember, most refunds will be issued in less than 21 days.
One thing to remember is that the delivery date provided on “Where’s My Refund?” is not a guarantee; it may take up to five additional days for your financial institution to post the refund to your account (if you received direct deposit), or for mail delivery of a paper check.
Last year the IRS issued more than 9 out of 10 refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days. The same results are expected for this year.