Income Tax Refund Status
In order to get a refund from the IRS you need to qualify first (by having an excess of taxes collected during the year) and submit a tax return. After that it is only a matter of time until you get your money. Sometimes it does get lost that's when you might want to contact the IRS for a resolution. The following information is taken from www.irs.gov
Whether you opted for direct deposit or asked IRS to mail you a check, you can track your refund through the IRS website.
Getting your personal refund information
You can generally get information about your refund 72 hours after IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or three to four weeks after mailing a paper return.
Have a copy of your tax return handy. You will need to provide the following information from your return:
? Your Social Security Number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)
? Your Filing status (Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er))
? The exact whole dollar amount of your refund
Changing your address or starting a refund trace
If "Where's My Refund?" shows that IRS was unable to deliver your refund, you can change your address online. If you don't receive your refund within 28 days from the original IRS mailing date shown on "Where's My Refund?", you can start a refund trace online. "Where's My Refund?" will prompt you when these features are available for your situation.
This is just some of the information that can be found on the IRS website to help you with your income tax refund. Another thing to do is check with a volunteer organization that deals with the IRS on behalf of consumers, or if you had your return prepared by a professional have them check into it.