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IRS: 'Where's My Refund?' Getting Income Tax Attention

The IRS says it's getting high traffic on its online “Where's My Refund?” tool.

 The deadline to file 2012 income tax returns isn't until April 15, but taxpayers appear to be filing early and are already asking, "Where's my refund?" 

“Due to the large number of inquiries and to avoid service disruptions, the IRS strongly urges taxpayers to only check on their refunds once a day,” the IRS said, according to a report by Accounting Today.

“IRS systems are only updated once a day, usually overnight, and the same information is available whether on the Internet, IRS2go smartphone app or on IRS toll-free lines. While 'Where's My Refund?' is updated nightly, your account will not change that frequently.”

Have you already filed your 2012 tax return? What was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

According to the report, nine out of 10 taxpayers typically receive refunds in fewer than 21 days when they use e-file with direct deposit. 

The IRS offers the following information to help taxpayers with refund questions:

  • Have the right tax information ready before using any of the IRS refund tools. This includes Social Security number, filing status and refund amount.
  • You don't need to check “Where's My Refund?” more than once a day, as your information will not change.
  • To avoid system delays, the best time to check on refunds is evening and weekends.
  • There is no need to call the IRS about your refund, as the telephone service has the same information that is available on the “Where’s My Refund?” tool.

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Jess February 16, 2013 at 01:21 PM
My husband and I filed together on 2/7, and we received our refund from GA within 4 days and Federal was deposited on the 5th day. Literally, it took less than a week. Can't believe it!
Liz Kennedy (Editor) February 16, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Hi Jess, that's fantastic! Thanks for your comment.
Jasmine February 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I filed my taxes on jan 25th but they weren't accepted until the 30th. I still have not recieved my state or federal :(
Michael Hayes February 17, 2013 at 09:20 PM
I guess we were the exception! Filed on 2/1 and it's still pending. They were just accepted last week, so maybe next week we will see the refund.
Liz Kennedy (Editor) February 18, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Hi Michael, I hope you do too!
G Frank February 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM
I filed 1/28 got a received notice 1/29. Took the education credit. About the 14th, the IRS website graphic 'received, approved, delivered' (or whatever) message changed to text, 'your return is being processed...' It's the 19th, I'm pretty discouraged:(
Liz Kennedy (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Hi G Frank, hang in there - you'll get your money that is owed to you!

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