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IRS: 'Where's My Refund?' Getting Income Tax Attention

The IRS says it's getting high traffic on its online “Where's My Refund?” tool.

The deadline to file 2012 income tax returns isn't until April 15, but taxpayers appear to be filing early and are already asking, "Where's my refund?" 

“Due to the large number of inquiries and to avoid service disruptions, the IRS strongly urges taxpayers to only check on their refunds once a day,” the IRS said, according to a report by Accounting Today.

“IRS systems are only updated once a day, usually overnight, and the same information is available whether on the Internet, IRS2go smartphone app or on IRS toll-free lines. While 'Where's My Refund?' is updated nightly, your account will not change that frequently.”

Have you already filed your 2012 tax return? What was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

According to the report, nine out of 10 taxpayers typically receive refunds in fewer than 21 days when they use e-file with direct deposit. 

The IRS offers the following information to help taxpayers with refund questions:

  • Have the right tax information ready before using any of the IRS refund tools. This includes Social Security number, filing status and refund amount.
  • You don't need to check “Where's My Refund?” more than once a day, as your information will not change.
  • To avoid system delays, the best time to check on refunds is evening and weekends.
  • There is no need to call the IRS about your refund, as the telephone service has the same information that is available on the “Where’s My Refund?” tool.

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Annette Robberson February 19, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Major problem i have identity indicator in my irs account so i have to file for 3 years with a IRS issued pin number , Well they issued me a generic pin over the phone due to they hadn't sent me a pin in the mail yet , So i went and filed which it got accepted but a week later they sends a pin number in the mail , Now this done messed my taxes up because it is saying that my number doesn't match am so frustrated HELP !!!!!!!!
Martini February 21, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I hope the go a check out the blogs 7 of my co workers have been waiting now 21 days wmr gives incorrect or no information, many legitimate return has been sent letters of review , its been hell for me no status over the phone or when you check !! Why do they think its massive inquires because nobody not get anywhere no money no answers !! There is many blogs going on irs reps are not trained they don't even know there own codes ! It's crazy

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