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How to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund

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So you filed your federal income tax return. You’ve been thinking about all of the super cool stuff you could buy with your refund for weeks now, but it’s been a while, and for you, patience was never a virtue. So how do you check the status of your cash?

Well, there are two super simple ways to do this. If you filed your tax return online, you’ll be able to check out the status of your refund 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges that they’ve received it. After that, you can go to to check out your refund status.

If you sent your return the ol’ fashioned way, either through the mail or in person, you’ll be able to get the info on your return in about three to four weeks. To check your refund status, you can give the IRS Refund Hotline a ring and dial 1 (800) 829-1954.

After that, you’ll get your cash, and you’ll get to spend it on that super awesome thing you’ve had your eye on. …or save it for something even more awesome.

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