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Where Is My Tax Refund?

Where is your IRS or State tax refund, or why is your tax refund smaller than expected?
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To check the status of your federal or state refund, please follow the steps below. Step 1 is for eFile.com users only; all others start at Step 2.

Step 1: For eFile.com users only: You need to verify that the IRS and/or state have accepted your return before you check where your tax refund money is. Sign in to your eFile.com account. Once you signed in, you will see the status of your return(s) on the right side page:

  • Accepted
  • Not e-Filed
  • Pending
  • Rejected.

Only if your return has been accepted can you check where your tax refund or tax money is. 

Step 2: If your IRS return has been accepted and you selected direct bank deposit, check your bank account first to see if your refund was deposited. Below is a message the IRS has posted on their site, which could mean that your refund might be in your bank account even though the IRS site is not reporting the same. Attention only e-collect users: If you selected e-collect during checkout on eFile.com, check here about the status of your refund first.

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More details about IRS 2020 tax refund delays and backlogs that may affect your 2021 Refund in 2022.

35 million IRS backlog, July 2021 Update: Tax Return Refund Delays by the IRS.

6 million IRS return backlog update.

Step 3: After you have checked your bank account and/or the e-collect lookup tool and your refund has not been deposited, use the tool below to check on your IRS tax refund status. See how to check your state refund status in Step 4 below.

Where Is My IRS Tax Refund?

Check Your IRS Federal Tax Refund Status
Requires Your IRS accepted Tax Return for Tax Year 2021

What is Your Federal IRS Tax Refund Status?

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You might see this message after you have entered your data. Many taxpayers have experienced slower than anticipated IRS tax refund processing speed or time in 2021 and 2022. If your status shows that your information entered was incorrect when you are certain you have entered the right data, this may be due to these delays, meaning they do not have record of the data or refund amount you entered in their system yet and thus cannot display the information. The message might look like this:

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Once you have passed the page on top, you will see this message shown below. The progression bar for your tax return might vary on what is shown below:

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Step 4: If your state tax return(s) has been accepted, check here: Where is My State Tax Refund?

  • Select respective state(s) for contact information.

Lower Tax Refund Amount or Delay in Refund:

Read more here on why your IRS tax refund could be delayed and more details on 2022 delays for 2021 Refunds.

If you have further questions about the status of your IRS tax refund, contact the IRS here.