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How to check your refund status with the IRS

We are just under 3 weeks away from the April 15th deadline! You might have started to grown impatient for your return and are wondering what the average refund looks like for the 2018 tax year.

Tax refunds are down from last year, but the great news is that it is not by as much as you think. While the total number of refunds received has seen a significant decrease compared to last year, the average refund is only down by $3. As of March 15, 2019, the IRS reported that the average refund is $2,957 for the 2018 year. In 2017, the average refund was $2,957. The average Direct Deposit refund for 2018 is $3,065, while for 2017 it was $3,091(down $26).

(LINK: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/filing-season-statistics-for-week-ending-march-15-2019)

Overall, tax refunds are only down by a small amount compared to what many expected at the start of the season.

How do I check the status of my refund?

This year, you made sure to file ahead of time. Still haven't received your return?

Here's how to check on your refund:

1) Visit https://www.irs.gov/refunds on your computer or use the IRS2Go App on your phone

2) Click "Check My Refund"

3) On the next page, you'll be instructed to enter your:

  • Social Security Number
  • Filing status
  • Refund amount shown on your 1040

**NOTE: You need these three pieces of information to check your status. If you do not have them, you will not be able to access the information.

4) Hit "Submit" and you will be redirect to a page updating you on the status of your return

The IRS states it updates this information 24 hours after e-filing or 4 weeks after you mail your tax return.

Also, we urge you to take a look at the IRS mobile app "IRS2GO".

How long should my refund take?

The average processing and arrival time of your refund depends on how you filed:

  • -Filed Electronically with Direct Deposit: 21 days
  • -Filed through the mail: 6 to 8 weeks from the day your return is received

This is another reason why we continue to recommend filing electronically to our clients. Processing times are much quicker with e-file then through snail mail.

It's been longer than 21 days since I filed electronically. Should I be concerned?

No need to be concerned! Tax returns take time and some take extra time to process.

If you do have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call us.

Overall, we know it can seem like a long wait for your tax refund when you've filed electronically and efficiently. Continue to check the status of your refund until you see "Refund Sent" on the IRS website. 

Chris Boyer

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