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When will you get your IRS stimulus check?

July 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Checking on the status of your tax refund or stimulus check can be fast and easy. Starting in April, the Treasury began sending economic stimulus payments to more than 130 million households. To receive a payment, taxpayers must have a valid Social Security number, $3,000 of income and file a 2007 federal tax return. IRS will take care of the rest. Eligible people will receive up to $600 ($1,200 for married couples), and parents will receive an additional $300 for each eligible child younger than 17.

Taxpayers who filed their federal income tax returns and are expecting their refunds can use the Internal Revenue Service's online tool "Where's My Refund?" to check the status of their refunds.

"Where's My Refund?" is fast, easy, safe and convenient. Nearly 9.7 million taxpayers have checked the status of their 2007 federal income tax refunds online, an increase of about 18 percent over the same time period last year.

To get to personalized refund information, taxpayers should be ready to enter their:

  • Social Security Number (or Taxpayer Identification Number)
  • Filing status: Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er)
  • Exact refund amount shown on their tax returns

Taxpayers can check on the status of their refund seven days after e-filing a return. For a paper return, check four to six weeks after mailing the return.

Taxpayers without Internet access can check the status of their refunds by calling the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477, or the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954. The TeleTax refund information is updated each weekend. If you do not get a date for your refund, please wait until the next week before calling back.

 

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