NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- You did it! You got your “stuff” together and to your tax professional relatively early this tax season. And you were told that Uncle Sam and the state owe you money. But the returns were filed weeks ago and you have not received the refund checks yet. What should you do?
Do not call your tax pro. There is nothing we can do.
Check your copies of the returns to see if you requested direct deposit. If you did, look at your most recent bank account statement, or access your account online, to see if the refund was deposited. You will not receive a written acknowledgement of the direct deposit from the IRS, your state, or the bank – the money will just appear in your account.
If the refund was not directly deposited, or you elected to receive a check, you can check the status of your federal income tax refund online. Go to the IRS website and click on “Check on Your Refund” in the left hand margin under “Online Services” to access the “Where’s My Refund?” online tool.
“Where's My Refund?” will usually have information about a refund 72 hours after the IRS receives an electronically-filed return, or four weeks after mailing a paper return. Have your copy of the tax return in front of you when you check; you will need to enter information from the return. You can check back weekly, on Wednesdays, for any updates to your refund information.
If you are told that your return was not received that is the time to contact your tax pro to provide a duplicate. If you are told that your refund has been issued, but you have not received it, follow the instructions provided to request a new check.
Most states also allow you to check the status of your state income tax refund online at the website of the Department or Division of Taxation or Revenue.