I filed my tax return and but did not get my refund!
You can quickly check the status of their tax return and refund through “Where’s My Refund” on IRS.gov.
Taxpayers who have not yet received their refunds can use “Where’s My Refund” on IRS.gov or on the smartphone application “IRS2Go” to find out about the status of their income tax refunds.
Initial information will normally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer’s e-filed return or four weeks after the taxpayer mails a paper return to the IRS. The system updates only once every 24 hours, usually overnight, so there’s no need to check more often.
So far, taxpayers have used “Where’s My Refund?” more than 231 million times this year, an increase of nearly 35 percent over last year at this time.
Taxpayers should have their Social Security number, filing status and exact refund amount when accessing “Where’s My Refund?” Those without Internet access can access this tool by calling 800-829-1954, 24 hours a day.
I received a letter from the IRS!
The IRS mails millions of letters to taxpayers every year for many reasons. Here are some simple suggestions on how you can handle a letter or notice from the IRS:
- Don’t panic. Simply responding will take care of most IRS letters and notices.
- Read the entire letter carefully. Most letters deal with a specific issue and provide specific instructions on what to do.
- Compare it with the tax return. If a letter indicates a changed or corrected tax return, the taxpayer should review the information and compare it with their original return.
- Only reply if necessary. There is usually no need to reply to a letter unless specifically instructed to do so, or to make a payment.
- Respond timely. Taxpayers should respond to a letter with which they do not agree. They should mail a letter explaining why they disagree. They should mail their response to the address listed at the bottom of the letter. The taxpayer should include information and documents for the IRS to consider. The taxpayer should allow at least 30 days for a response. When a specific date is listed in the letter, there are two main reasons taxpayers should respond by that date:
- To minimize additional interest and penalty charges.
- To preserve appeal rights if the taxpayers doesn’t agree.
- Don’t call. For most letters, there is no need to call the IRS or make an appointment at a taxpayer assistance center. If a call seems necessary, the taxpayer can use the phone number in the upper right-hand corner of the letter. They should have a copy of the tax return and letter on hand when calling.
- Keep the letter. A taxpayer should keep copies of any IRS letters or notices received with their tax records.