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Is there a way I can check on the status of my tax return and tax refund?

The IRS has an online tool called “Where’s My Refund?” at or you can use the IRS2Go mobile app, which is available for free download from the iTunes App Store (iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (Android devices). The IRS says that electronic filers can start checking on the status of their returns within 24 hours after they are received by the IRS. Taxpayers filing paper returns should wait four weeks after mailing. The tool allows you to follow your return through three stages: Return Received, Refund Approved, and Refund Sent.