The Internal Revenue Service has already started to issue tax refunds to those who have already filed, which means you can expect your check soon.
If you’re a little bit on the impatient side, don’t worry. The IRS knows there are plenty of tax-filing Americans who are anxious to get their returns, whether in the mail or direct deposit. And now there’s a way to track where your return is so you know exactly when you’re getting it.
The refund tracker helps you see where your money is. If your e-filing has been received in the last 24 hours or it’s been four weeks since you mailed in your hard copy filing, now is a good time to check on your return.
“When the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund, you can see your actual personalized refund date,” the IRS says. “Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days after we receive your tax return, it’s possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.”
If you can’t make it to your computer to check the refund tracker, download the IRS2Go app available for iOS and Android devices. Aside from tracking your refund, you can make mobile payments to avoid the hassle of sending in money or logging on from a computer.
You can also get free tax help straight from the app. You have access to free software offered straight from the IRS, which is safe and reliable. If you aren’t comfortable filing straight from your phone, you can search for in-person help by browsing the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site.
VITA is offered to those making less than $54,000, those with a disability, and/or limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance. TCE is also made for all taxpayers, but is specifically geared toward those who are 60 years of age or older.