How Do I Check My Refund Status?

Checking the status of your refund is easy to do by following the steps in this video:

You can check the status of your refund by using the IRS's Where's My Refund Tool.

Below we walk through the steps for checking your refund status. 

Note: If your refund amount was reduced for any reason i.e. you owed back taxes for a previous year, the IRS will let you know on this screen.

Return Received means your return has been received and will be processed, this can take about 21 business days. 

Refund Approved means your refund has been processed and approved. 

Refund Sent means your refund has been sent to you by the IRS either by direct deposit or mail. The amount of time it takes for the money to hit your bank account will depend on your own financial institution, and checks can be delayed by mail depending on your location. If you paper filed you should expect to receive your refund in about 6 weeks by mail.


I’m Kristin, the PWCPA PC Customer Success Specialist. For more information about this topic, or any other, you can always reach me through our customer ticketing system.