March 27, 2009, Newsletter Issue #160: Where's My Refund?

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The IRS has a program in place to help taxpayers find out the status of their 2006 income tax refund. The program is known as “Where’s My Refund?” It is a program offered both online and via telephone.

If you mailed your income tax return, you need to wait about 6-8 weeks before using this program. The IRS will not, on the average, have processed your income tax return before that long. If you submitted your 2006 income tax return electronically you need to wait about 3-4 weeks. That is the average time it takes for the IRS to process your income tax return.

When you call the IRS regarding the status of your refund (find out when you can expect to receive it), you will need the following information:

Social security numberFiling statusRefund amount You can call the IRS at 1-800-829-4477 for an automated refund information line. Or, to speak with a live IRS representative, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. You can expect long hold times during late tax season, however. When you go online to the IRS website ( wanting to use “Where’s My Refund?” you will need the same information.

You can learn if the IRS has processed your refund, if they have received your income tax return, and when your refund check was dated. Or, if you requested direct deposit of your income tax refund, you can find out when it was done.

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