You can track the status of your tax refund using the Internal Revenue Service's "Where's My Refund?" website. To get your refund status, you need your Social Security number, exact refund amount and filing status. You can start checking your refund status 24 hours after e-filing or up to four weeks after mailing in your paper return.
The IRS claims it issued 90 percent of refunds within 21 calendar days or less of receiving the return for the 2012 tax year. "Where's My Refund?" is updated once per day, so you can check daily to get the latest information on when you'll be seeing your refund check.
Mark Kennan is a writer based in the Kansas City area, specializing in personal finance and business topics. He has been writing since 2009 and has been published by "Quicken," "TurboTax," and "The Motley Fool."