Where's My Refund?

Have money coming back to you from the IRS or State? See our FAQ’s below to better understand the refund process, factors that affect the timing of your refund and where to go to check the status of your refund.


Check on the status of your refund using the links below. Make sure you have the following information available:

  • SSN or ITIN
  • Your filing status
  • Your exact refund amount



Federal law now requires the IRS to hold tax returns that claim the Earned Income Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit until February 15 at the earliest. For the 2019 filing season, IRS has announced it will hold refunds on these returns until February 27.

Both the IRS and state governments provide an electronic acknowledgement to People’s Choice Tax that your tax return has been electronically accepted and is being processed. The IRS and California also offer refund status information on their websites.

The IRS released more than 90% of refunds within 21 days last year. Both IRS and California allow you to check the status of your refund(s) on their websites. To check the status of your refund, you will need the following information:

  • Your filing status (Single, Head of Household, Married Filing Joint, Married Filing Separate or Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child.
  • Your refund amount.
  • Your social security number (If you filed a joint return, use the SSN for the spouse whose name is listed first on the tax return).

NO - The IRS does not guarantee a specific refund date. You can check the status of your refund on the IRS website.

Both IRS and state governments may delay or withhold your tax refund for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for a delayed refund are as follows:

  • You are claiming the Earned Income Credit.
  • You are claiming dependents on your tax return who have different last names than you do.
  • Your refund is over $5,000.
  • You are claiming the American Opportunity Tax Credit for higher education expenses.
  • You are a filing a federal tax return for the first time.
  • You are filing your first tax return in the last 10 years.
  • You have not filed one or more back-year tax returns.
  • The IRS needs to verify your identity to be sure it is you (and not a fraudster) that filed your tax return.
  • Your refund may be garnished or offset to pay certain types of delinquent debt that you owe. Both IRS and state refunds may be offset by the following kinds of debt you owe:
    1. Delinquent child support
    2. Delinquent student loans
    3. Unpaid back income taxes

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