Where’s my refund? We can help.

The IRS sends most refunds within three weeks of when you file your taxes. Want to know where your refund is right now? Let’s find out.

Check your tax refund for e-file & federal

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Check your federal tax refund status.

Couldn’t find your refund with our tool or you filed a paper copy of your tax return? You can still check the status of your federal income tax refund. Go to the IRS’ Where’s My Refund tool and enter this info:

  • Social Security number
  • Filing status
  • Exact refund amount shown on your return

Don't forget!

Add an extra two to five days from the date listed by the IRS for your bank to process the refund.

Check your state refund status.

View our state list to check your refund status from the states where you lived and worked.

Tax refund status FAQs

The IRS usually sends out refunds within three weeks, but sometimes it can take a bit longer. For example, the IRS may have a question about your return. Here are other common reasons for a delayed tax refund and what you can do.

At H&R Block, you can always count on us to help you get your max refund year after year. You can increase your paycheck withholdings to get a bigger refund at tax time. Our W-4 calculator can help.

The IRS usually sends out most refunds within three weeks, but sometimes it can take a bit longer if the return needs additional review. 

The IRS' refund tracker updates once every 24 hours, typically overnight. That means you don't need to check your status more than once a day.

Your status messages might include refund received, refund approved, and refund sent. Find out what these e-file status messages mean and what to expect next. 

Having your refund direct deposited on your H&R Block Emerald Prepaid Mastercard® allows you to access the money quicker than by mail. H&R Block's bank (MetaBank®, N.A.) will add your money to your card as soon as the IRS approves your refund. 

Amended returns can take longer to process as they go through the mail vs. e-filing. Check out your options for tracking your amended return and how we can help.