Checking the status of your return
Go to Where’s My Refund to check the status of your refund. Make sure you have the following information available:
Social Security number of the primary taxpayer (Person first listed on return).
Filing Status (Married, Single, Separately, Widower, Head of Household).
Exact Refund Amount.
You can start checking the status of your return 24 hours after E-filing.
Paper filed returns should be in system after 4 weeks.
The IRS updates the processing of returns daily.
Refunds for Past Returns
You are eligible to receive a refund for past year returns for up to three years from the original due date. Example, the deadline for filing your 2015 Tax Return to claim a refund is April 15th, 2019.
You can E-file your current return plus the previous two years. The third year would have to be mailed to the IRS.