How to Check The Status of Your Federal and State Income Tax Return

TAX DAY!  APRIL 15TH.  IT”S HERE!  Now What?

It’s here!  April 15th, TAX DAY!!!  Time to quit procrastinating and file your Federal and State personal income taxes.  Now that your 2009 tax returns are filed, how can you find out what the status of your return is and when you might get some money back.  Below are a few tips that may help you answer that some of your questions.

When can you check for your refund?

Seventy-two hours after IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return you can go on-line to check the status of your 2009 tax return.   If you filed a paper return you will have to wait four weeks.  Either way, be sure to have a copy of your 2009 tax return available when checking on your refund.

Three Options for Checking Status of Your Refund

  1. Go to, and click on “Where’s My Refund
  2. Call 1-800-829-4477  (24 hours a day, seven days a week for automated refund information)
  3. Call 1-800-829-1954 during the hours shown in your tax form instructions

What if you have changed your address?

If you move after you filed your return and you are expecting a refund through the mail, you should not only file a change of address with the U.S. Postal Services, but also send Form 8822, Change of Address to the Internal Revenue Service.

What If I Made a Mistake?

Errors may delay your refund or result in notices being sent to you. If you discover an error on your return, you can correct your return by filing an amended return using Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

For the most common mistakes made on Tax returns see: Common Errors On Your Tax Return Could Delay Your 2009 Refund

If you used Turbo Tax all you have to do is E-File and wait.  Your status will be E-mailed to you automatically or you can check it by a few simple clicks!  Love it!

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