Where is My tax Refund ? 2014 Tax Season Opens

New Tax Guide Helps People With Their 2013 Taxes

  Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get a jump on preparing their 2013 federal income tax returns by consulting a newly revised comprehensive tax guide now available on IRS.gov.

Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, features details on taking advantage of a wide range of tax-saving opportunities, such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit for parents and college students, and the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit for low- and moderate-income workers. It also features a rundown on tax changes for 2013 including information on revised tax rates and new limits on various tax benefits for some taxpayers.  This useful 292-page guide also provides thousands of interactive links to help taxpayers quickly get answers to their questions.


Publication 17 has been published annually by the IRS since the 1940s and has been available on the IRS web site since 1996. As in prior years, this publication is packed with basic tax-filing information and tips on what income to report and how to report it, figuring capital gains and losses, claiming dependents, choosing the standard deduction versus itemizing deductions, and using IRAs to save for retirement.

Besides Publication 17, IRS.gov offers many other helpful resources for those doing year-end tax planning. Many 2013 forms are already posted, and updated versions of other forms, instructions and publications are being posted almost every day. Forms already available include Form 1040 and short Forms 1040A and1040EZ.

Where do I get the Social Security Number or IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number?


Where do I get the Filing Status?

  • If you filed a Form 1040, the Filing Status is shown on Page 1, Boxes 1 through 5.
  • If you filed a Form 1040A, the Filing Status is shown on Page 1, Boxes 1 through 5.
  • If you filed a Form 1040EZ, the Filing Status is either Single or Married Filing a Joint Return.

Where do I get the Refund Amount?

  • If you filed a Form 1040, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 74a.
  • If you filed a Form 1040A, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 43a.
  • If you filed a Form 1040EZ, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 11a.

I filed a joint tax return, which Social Security Number do I use to get my refund status?


Either Social Security Number can be used.

Availability of “Where’s My Refund?”

Where’s My Refund? is available almost all of the time. However, our system is not available every Monday from 12:00 am (Midnight) to 3:00 am Eastern Time.

Our Change of Address and Refund Trace features are not available during the following times (Eastern Time):

Sunday12:00 am (Midnight) to 7:00 pm
Monday12:00 am (Midnight) to 6:00 am
Tuesday3:30 am to 6:00 am
Wednesday3:30 am to 6:00 am
Thursday3:30 am to 6:00 am
Friday3:30 am to 6:00 am
Saturday3:30 am to 6:00 am
and 9:00 pm to 12:00 am (Midnight)

Also, occasionally our system may be unavailable on Sundays between 1:00 am and 7:00 am Eastern Time

What information is available on “Where’s My Refund?”


The individual tax return you filed for a refund this year (or the last six months of last year) can be accessed through “Where’s My Refund?”. You can check on the status of your refund 72 hours after you e-file. If you filed a paper return, please allow 3 weeks before checking on the status.

Information regarding refunds for Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return is not available. Amended/corrected returns are processed as quickly as possible. However, it may take 8 to 12 weeks or longer to process the return. If 8 weeks have elapsed and you have not received your refund, call (800) 829-1040.

Additional Information

Will this application work with my browser?


Browser Support.

How long should I wait to check for my refund status?


Please wait 72 hours after you e-file. If you filed on paper, please allow 3 to 4 weeks before checking on the status of your refund.

What can I do to get my refund issued ASAP?


The quickest way to have your return processed and your refund issued is to file electronically. Your wait time will be cut in half - from six weeks to three.


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