How to Check Your Refund Status

March 16, 2018

If you’re one of the fortunate people who are owed a refund from taxes paid the previous year, the wait can feel like an eternity. While you can use direct deposit and electronic filing to expedite your payment, it will still take some time for the IRS to process your claim. No matter if you use professional Los Angeles tax preparation services to file or you do it all yourself, you still have the right to know the status of your return. Here’s how to check the status of your refund so you can plan for the future.

A Free Online Tool

Before the computer age, it took a lot of work to check on the status of a refund, which is why many tax advisors would simply issue loans based on the amount indicated at the end of a 1040. Today, the IRS has a simple online tool that allows you to run a quick query into the progress of your paperwork, but you do need some basic information:


Your Social Security number
The filing status of your return
The exact whole dollar amount shown on your form


Without the required information, you won’t be able to access your refund status, which is why it makes sense to keep copies of all documents before filing. Once you know if you’ve been approved, you can make plans to pay off personal debt, set some aside for retirement or even spend part of the money on something fun such as a vacation or home improvement project.

Get the Most Back

You work hard for your money, so why give any more to the government than is absolutely necessary? To get the maximum amount back, trust the experienced Encino tax consultants at Wallace & Associates to file your return. For a quick consultation with a member of our staff, give us a call today at 818-995-2928, or use our online contact methods.