The Where’s My Refund tool is better now

The IRS has a new Where’s My Refund tool. It allows you to check the status of your refunds for the 2021, 2020, and 2019 tax years.

You will need your Social Security number or ITIN, filing status and expected refund amount from their original tax return for the year you are checking.

It is available on or the IRS2Go mobile app. You can check your refund through three stages:

1. Return received.
2. Refund approved.
3. Refund sent.

You can start checking within:

• 24 hours after e filing a tax year 2021 return.
• Three or four days after e filing a tax year 2019 or 2020 return.
• Four weeks after mailing a return.

The Where’s My Refund tool should be the first place to go for more information about checking the status of a tax refund. If the tool says the IRS can provide more information, you may have to call the IRS for more info.

You can also log in to your Online Account to find your prior year adjusted gross income, balance due and other account information. You can also see your payment history, and other tax records.