Taxpayers can check the status of their refund using the online tool Where’s My Refund? or smartphone app. Because of the large number of inquiries, the IRS urged taxpayers to check on the status of their refunds once a day, preferably weekday evenings or on weekends. The IRS explained that its systems are only updated once a day, usually overnight, and the same information is available on the internet or the smartphone app.

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According to the IRS, nine out of 10 taxpayers typically receive refunds in less than 21 days when they use e-file with direct deposit.