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Where is my income tax refund?

17 April 2011

Many of us have already filed our federal income tax returns, but some of you may still have questions: namely, where’s my refund??

Taxpayer refund Information

Taxpayers can check the status of their 2010 income tax refunds just 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return, or an agonizing 3 to 4 weeks after mailing a paper return. (So, which did you or will you choose?)

If you were savvy enough to eFile, just go to www.IRS.gov, and click “Where’s My Refund.”

Be sure to have a copy of your previous year’s tax return handy because the system will ask for your filing status, Social Security number, and the exact figure of the refund. Taxpayers will then be informed of their refund’s status. Easy peasy.

Keep in mind the IRS processes refunds only on Fridays.

Taxpayers may also call 800.829.4477 for automated refund information 24/7. Or call 800.829.1954 during the hours specified in your tax form instructions.

Other tips the IRS wants you to know:

  • Tax records should typically be kept for 3 years, while other documents — for example stock transactions, IRAs and documents related to home sales, business or rental property — should be kept longer.
  • Keep copies of filed tax returns and tax forms packages — they will help if an amendment becomes necessary or as a template for filing future returns.
  • Taxpayers should send Form 8822 Change of Address to the IRS If they move after filing. And don’t forget to fill out a change-of-address form at your U.S. Post Office.
  • If an error on your return is discovered, correct your return by filing an amended return using Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Ready to find out where your refund is? Click here!

Sami Hartsfield

  

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Sami K. Hartsfield, ACP is a freelance paralegal and writer based in Houston, Texas. She is a NALA Advanced Certified Paralegal, and has earned six specialty certifications since 2007: Discovery; Trial Practice; Contracts Management; Social Security Disability Law; and Entity & Individual Medical Liability. Sami is also WestlawNext Certified.

She has worked as a law firm Webmaster, law firm social media marketer, and ghostwriter for personal injury law firms.

She holds a degree in paralegal studies with a 4.0 GPA and a bachelor of science degree in political science, graduating summa cum laude. Sami interned with Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals under Chief Justice Adele Hedges, and completed the University of Houston Law Center’s Summer 2008 Prelaw Institute with a 4.0. You can find her on Facebook and e-mail her with questions, comments, or ideas at LegallyBlog@yahoo.com.

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One Comment
  1. You can also use the latest IRS2Go app for the iphone and Android phones’. Feel free to download from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace, correspondingly.

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