If you filed your 2019 taxes early, chances are your refund will be showing up in the next few days, if not already. Did you know that you can track your refund much like tracking a Domino’s Pizza.

The best way to check the status of your refund is to use the Where's My Refund? tool on IRS.gov. This tool gives you access to your tax return and refund status anytime. All you need is three pieces of information:

Social Security number.

Filing status.

The exact whole dollar amount of your refund.

You can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS received your e-filed return, or four weeks after you have mailed a paper return. Where’s My Refund? includes a tracker that displays progress through three stages: the IRS receives the tax return, then approves the refund, and sends the refund.

Where’s My Refund? Updates once a day, so you don’t need to check over and over.

You can also track your return and refund status on a mobile device using the free IRS2Go app. Those who file an amended return should check out the Where’s My Amended Return? tool.

Generally, the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, but some may take longer. IRS phone and walk-in representatives can research the status of refunds only if it's been 21 days or more since a taxpayer filed electronically, or more than six weeks since they mailed a paper return. Taxpayers can also contact the IRS if Where's My Refund? directs them to do so.

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