How Washington residents can track tax refunds

Washington state is now offering time-saving alternatives to a telephone call with the IRS. Residents can now get fast answers to their refund questions by using the Where’s My Refund tool available on

The Internal Revenue Service says the number one question asked this time every year is, “where’s my refund”. The fastest way is to file electronically, but even then you’ll have to wait 21 days. 

Taxpayers can avoid the Presidents Day rush and get personalized responses from the Where’s My Refund tool. You’ll need your social security number, tax filing status, and the exact amount of the tax refund claimed on the return. Once the tax return is processed, you’ll learn when your refund is approved and will receive a date on when they can expect to receive it. 

The tool is updated no more than once every 24 hours, so you’ll have to check the status more often.