Still waiting for your tax refund? There could be a good reason for the holdup.
Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit
If you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), your refund may be delayed. You probably won’t see your refund until the end of February, at the earliest—and that’s assuming there are no errors or problems with your tax return and you chose direct deposit.
Before you call the IRS to check the status of your refund:
Wait at least 21 days if you e-filed your return. The IRS aims to issue most refunds in 21 days or less.
Wait at least 6 weeks if you mailed in your return.
Visit the IRS website and use their “Where’s My Refund” tool. At this point, if there is an issue with your refund, the IRS may advise you to call.
IRS “Where’s My Refund” Tool
Use the IRS’s Where’s My Refund tool, available on the IRS website, to check the status of your refund 24 hours after e-filing or 4 weeks after you mailed in your return. Make sure you have your Social Security number handy (or ITIN) and know your filing status and exact refund amount.
If you prefer to check the status of your refund from your mobile device, download the IRS2Go app.