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Where’s My Tax Refund? How to Check Your Status

Find out how you can track your tax refund

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Already files your taxes and waiting on your refund? Find out what you need to know to track your tax refund and get ideas on how to make the most out of it!

We're right in the middle of tax season and for some people that means getting a refund back. 

I'll share how you can track your tax refund as well as some great financial goals for that money.

Checking the Status of Your Tax Refund

If you haven’t received your tax return or you’re curious to see if it's coming, just go to the IRS’ site and enter your information.

If you prefer to speak to someone on the phone, the number is 1-(800) 829-1040. I was also surprised to find out they have a Twitter account at @IRSnews.

There's an App for That – IRS2Go

What can the app do for you, let me share the IRS' own description:

Taxpayers can check the status of their federal refund through the new phone app with a few basic pieces of information. First, taxpayers enter a Social Security number, which is masked and encrypted for security purposes. Next, taxpayers pick the filing status they used on their income tax return. Finally, taxpayers enter the amount of the refund they expect from their 2010 tax return.

For people who e-file, the refund function of the phone app will work within about 72 hours after taxpayers receive an e-mail saying the IRS received their tax return.

For people filing paper tax returns, longer processing times mean they will need to wait three to four weeks before they can check their refund status

As an added bonus you can also sign up to receive tax tips from the IRS to your email. It's quick, simple, and handy app for many people.

Tax Refund Ideas

Are you looking for ideas for using your tax refund to help your finances in 2011? Here are some great ones you can do, no matter how big or small your refund is.

Don't forget to set aside some money to just have a little bit of fun.

Thoughts on Tax Refunds

If you've filed your taxes and received a refund, how long did it take? Did you e-file or paper file? What are you using your tax refund for this year?

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