Watch out instructional video on how to use our Refund Dates resource:
Return dates 2014
2015 refund dates
What are the 2015 Refund Cycle Dates?
Use Where’s My Refund? to
Check the Status of Your Refund,
Where’s My Refund? gives you personalized refund
information based on the processing of your tax return.
Just use the IRS2Go phone app or go to IRS.gov. Both
are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can start
checking on the status of your return within
24 hours after we have received your e-filed
return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return.
Our phone and walk-in representatives can only
research the status of your refund if it has been 21 days or
more since you filed electronically, more than 6 weeks since
you mailed your paper return, or Where’s My Refund?
directs you to contact us.
To use Where’s My Refund? have your tax return handy
so you can provide your Social Security number, filing
status and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund.
Where’s My Refund? includes a tracker that displays
progress through 3 stages:
1. Return Received ,
2. Refund Approved,
3. Refund Sent,
Where’s My Refund? provides an actual personalized
refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return
and approves your refund. Where’s My Refund? is updated
no more than once every 24 hours, usually over night. So
you don’t need to check the status more often. Also, our
phone and walk-in assistors can only research the status
of your refund if it’s been 21 days or more since you filed
electronically, more than six weeks since you mailed your
paper return, or if the Where’s My Refund? tool directs you
to contact us.
Direct Deposit Limits,
The number of refunds that can be electronically
deposited into a single financial account or pre-paid debit
card is limited to three. If the taxpayer is due any additional
refunds, we will send the taxpayer a notice informing them
that the direct deposit limit has been exceeded, and that
they should receive a refund check instead of the direct
deposit they requested, in approximately four weeks if there
are no other issues with the return. See http://www.irs.gov/
Take these steps to file an accurate
tax return to help your clients get their
n Using e-file is the best way to file an accurate tax return,
and combining e-file with direct deposit is the fastest way
for you to get your refund.
n Take these steps to ensure your tax return is processed
as quickly as possible.
– file electronically,
– submit an accurate, error-free return,
– verify the correct Social Security number or Taxpayer
Identification Number for yourself, your spouse and
– verify that you provide the correct mailing address in
case we need to mail the refund check,
– use the correct bank account and routing number
if you choose direct deposit,
n The IRS works hard to issue refunds as quickly as
possible, but some tax returns take longer to process
than others for many reasons, including when a return:
– includes errors,
– is incomplete,
– needs further review,
– is impacted by identity theft or fraud,
– includes Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation,
which could take up to 14 weeks to process,
Caution, Don’t count on getting your refund by a
certain date to make major purchases or pay other financial
obligations. 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.
Reminder, Any claims by Providers concerning faster refunds by virtue of electronic filing must be consistent with the language in official IRS
publications. Per the advertising standards in Publication 3112, IRS e-file Application and Participation, and Publication 1345, Handbook for
Authorized IRS e-file Providers of Individual Income Tax Returns, providers must not use improper or misleading advertising in relation to IRS
e-file,including the time frames for refunds or other financial products.
This reminder serves as the IRS’s request to the tax preparation community to follow these messaging guidelines. The IRS will monitor Industry
practice during filing season, but anticipates and expects voluntary compliance from its partners in support of this important effort to help
taxpayers understand their refund status.
Publication 2043 (Rev. 12-2014) Catalog Number 60909G Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov