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What if I entered the wrong bank account for direct deposit?

SOLVEDby TurboTax13132Updated April 09, 2024

If you entered the wrong direct deposit account information, you have some options to ensure you still get your refund and the IRS can always mail you a check.

Here are some options:

  • If you haven't filed yet, you can still change your bank account info for direct deposit.
  • If the info you provided is for a closed or invalid account, the government will mail you a refund check.
  • If you entered an account number that belongs to you, but you intended to enter a different account, check Where's My Refund? to see if the return has been posted to the IRS. If it hasn't been posted yet, you can contact the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 and ask to stop the direct deposit and mail you a check.
  • If you entered a valid (but incorrect) account number that doesn't belong to you, there's usually nothing to worry about. Most banks won't deposit tax refunds into accounts where the names don't match. You can call the IRS to stop the direct deposit if your return hasn't been posted to their system yet. For security reasons, the IRS can't reroute your refund to a different account, so you’ll get your refund via a paper check.
  • If your return is rejected, you can update your account info along with the issue that caused the rejection. Open your return in TurboTax and go through the File section again to update your bank account before resubmitting your return.

We have instructions to help you find your direct deposit bank account information.

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