Due to COVID-19, the IRS is currently experiencing delays in processing individual paper returns due to limited staffing. Paper returns are being processed in the order they are received, and this includes the issuing of refunds and acceptance of payments. You should e-file if possible. If you’ve already filed via paper and it hasn’t been processed yet, don’t file a second tax return. For more info, visit the IRS.
The IRS issues most refunds from e-filed returns in about 21 days, although some returns take more time to review.
To find out where your refund is, first check your e-file status. If it's been accepted, you can begin to track your refund at the IRS Where's My Refund? site. You'll need your Social Security number or ITIN, filing status, and the exact amount of your refund to check your status.
Paper-filers: See note at top; however, under normal circumstances the IRS asks you wait 4 weeks after you mail your return before looking up your refund at Where's My Refund?
If it has been more than 21 days since your e-filed return was accepted, you can call the IRS directly to check on your refund status.