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The IRS Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) and the IRS Tax Trails 


These tools do NOT require you to identify yourself.  Use them to find answers for your specific situation.

Use this tool to check on the status of your refund. It provides the most up-to-date information the IRS has. There’s no need to call us unless Where’s My Refund? To use this tool you will need 1) your social security number 2) filing status and 3) EXACT REFUND AMOUNT from your return.