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Tax Refund information
When will I receive my IRS tax refund?
If you e-file your tax return and choose to direct deposit your refund, you will typically receive your refund in 8 to 15 days. If you e-file and did not choose direct deposit or if your direct deposit information was inaccurate, you will typically receive your refund check within three weeks. If you mailed in your tax return instead of e-filing, you will typically receive your refund in six to eight weeks. To check on the status of your refund you can go to www.irs.gov and click on Where's My Refund? link or you can call the IRS Refund Hotline at (800) 829-1954. It takes about 7 days after you e-file or 4 to 6 weeks after you filed a paper return for your refund information to be available on the IRS systems. You should have a copy of your tax return in front of you when you inquire about your refund since you need to know the Social Security Number, Filing Status and refund amount to have access to your tax refund information.
Can my refund be garnished by the IRS?
Under the law, state and Federal agencies refer to the IRS the names of taxpayers who are behind in their support payments, taxes, and loans. Your tax refund may not be refunded to you if you are delinquent in child support payments or you have a past due Federal debt (such as a student loan).
What if my spouse owes past-due amounts, but I don't?
If you file a joint return with your spouse and your spouse owes debts that cause your refund to be garnished by the IRS, then you need to file Form 8379, Injured Spouse Claim and Allocation, in order to get your share of the refund. The IRS will then only garnish the portion of the refund that belongs to your spouse and will refund your portion of the tax refund.
What if I moved after I filed my tax return? How will the IRS give me my refund check?
Put in a change of address form at your Post Office to have your mail forwarded to your new address. Also, you can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to have your address updated on the IRS records. If your refund check can't be delivered to you, it will be sent back to the IRS. Once you contact and update your address with the IRS, the IRS can re-issue another refund check to mail to you.