Taxpayers and the tax community were alerted by the IRS that it is experiencing high traffic on “Where’s My Refund?” as more tax returns come in. The heavy volume of refund inquiries means that the IRS anticipates both “Where’s my Refund” on IRS.gov and the refund feature on the IRS2go phone app will have limited availability during busier periods.
The IRS strongly urges taxpayers to only check on their refunds once a day due to the large number of inquiries and to avoid service disruptions. IRS systems are only updated once a day, usually overnight, and the same information is available whether on the Internet, IRS2go smart-phone app or on IRS toll-free lines. While “Where’s My Refund?” is updated nightly, your account will not change that frequently.
Tax refunds are being issued timely; nine out of ten taxpayers typically receive refunds in less than 21 days when they use e-file with direct deposit. The IRS expects to see the number of tax returns — and related refund inquiries — steadily increase around the President’s Day holiday week.
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