Income Tax Key Points
Find answers to common questions
- Taxpayers can find reliable answers to their tax questions by using the Interactive Tax Assistant. This tool asks a series of questions and provides immediate answers on a variety of tax topics.
View federal tax information online
- Taxpayers can visit IRS.gov to securely access information about their federal taxes. They can access their tax records (e.g. obtain a tax and account transcript), review their payment history and view tax return information for the current year's tax return as originally filed.
Learn more about the recovery rebate credit and the third round of Economic Impact Payment
- There is a special section of IRS.gov where taxpayers can find information about their latest Economic Impact Payment and how to claim the 2020 recovery rebate credit.
“Where's My Refund?”
- This is updated once daily, usually overnight, so there's no reason to check more than once per day or call the IRS to get information about a refund. Taxpayers can easily find the most up-to-date information about their tax refund using the "Where's My Refund?" tool on IRS.gov and on the official IRS mobile app, IRS2Go. Taxpayers can start checking on the status of their refund within 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return, or four weeks after a paper return is mailed. Where's My Refund? tool has a tracker that displays progress through three stages:
- Return Received
- Refund Approved
- Refund Sent
- The American Rescue Plan, signed on March 11, allows certain taxpayers to exclude $10,200 of unemployment compensations. Additional unemployment compensation information is available here.
Identity Theft Involving Unemployment Compensation and Identity Protection Pin (IP PIN)
- The IRS urges taxpayers whose identities may have been used by thieves to steal unemployment benefits to file a tax return claiming only the income they actually received. IRS offers guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits at the following links: (English & Spanish). Taxpayers who receive Forms 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not actually get because of identity theft should request a corrected form from their appropriate state agency.