Newsletter October '10 - 2009 Tax Refund

When am I going to get my 2009 tax refund from the IRS? *

While this question is really outside the scope of our firm=s practice, we thought it would be useful as this information has been requested a few times (and the filing deadline for individuals was October 15th).

Paper Returns.  If you filed a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund should be sent out within six weeks from the date it is received.

Electronic Returns.  If you filed your tax return electronically, your refund should be sent out within three weeks after the acknowledgment date.

Checking Refund Status.   The fastest and easiest way to find out about your current year refund is to go to www.IRS.gov and click the "Where's My Refund?" link (on the homepage, under heading Filing and Payments on the right hand side). To check the status online you will need your Social Security number, filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund shown on your return.  You can also check the status of your refund by calling the IRS Refund Hotline at (800) 829B1954. You will also need to provide your Social Security number, your filing status and the exact whole dollar amount of the refund shown on your return.

Missing Refund.  If your refund check is lost or stolen, the IRS will eventually issue you a replacement check.  From personal experience, the process may take a few months as the IRS needs to verify the check was actually lost or stolen.  If the IRS was unable to deliver your refund because you moved (and the IRS confirms that the refund was returned to the IRS), you can change your address online and the IRS can reissue the undelivered check.

* This information was culled from www.IRS.gov.

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