How to Track the Status of Your Refund

You rushed to file your return so you could get a refund quickly. Here's how to find out when you'll get your money.

Yes, plenty of us wait until the last minute to file our tax returns. But some of you probably filled out your forms when you received your W-2 and other documents to get your refund as soon as possible.

If you filed a paper return at the beginning of February, you should be able to check the status of your refund by now by using the Where’s My Refund tool at Taxpayers who file electronically can get a status update as soon as three days after the IRS acknowledges receipt of their e-filed return.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.