How to Check the Status on an H&R Block Tax Return

H&R Block has three ways for clients to check their refund status.
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You've done your taxes and filed using H&R Block and now you want to know when you can expect to see your return. Luckily for you, H&R Block is one of a number of tax processing companies that make it easy to check your tax return and track your refund status once it's been submitted. There are several ways you can file your taxes with H&R Block – the choice of which may affect the speed of your return – but there are easy ways to keep an eye on where you are in the process.

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Filing With H&R Block

Many people consider filing taxes to be a headache. H&R Block's goal is to make the process easier. According to H&R Block, there are several different methods you can choose from, depending on the complexity of your tax forms. If your tax documents are usually straightforward and you're familiar with how to file them, you can file your federal taxes for free on the H&R Block website; they'll file your state taxes as well for a small fee.

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H&R Block also offers tax software if your taxes are a little complicated and you need some support. If you have unusual forms, or if you're confused by the process in general, you can also file with an H&R Block attendant, who will go through your paperwork and make sure everything has been filed accurately. Once the paperwork has been done, you can file your taxes with the United States government electronically or through the mail.

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H&R Block Refund Status

If you file your taxes electronically, the IRS should receive your e-filing in two to four days, as long as you aren't filing as part of the last-minute rush. If you've mailed your taxes, allow time for the postal service to deliver your packet, and additional time for the IRS to process your information. Taxes submitted by mail can take anywhere from four to six weeks to process, sometimes more if you're a last-minute filer. Once the IRS receives your taxes, on average it takes about three weeks to get your refund going.

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H&R Block also has a tool that tracks the taxes you submitted through one of their methods. You'll want to have your tax information on hand to use the H&R Block refund tracker. The website will ask for your last name, date of birth and Social Security number (SSN) to proceed. This tool is also available in the H&R Block app for your mobile device so that you can check your refund on the go if you need.

When H&R Block’s Tool Isn’t Working

If that tool isn't working, or if you've filed through another service, the IRS explains that they can track your refund for you on their own website. For this check, you'll need your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your filing status and your exact refund amount. IRS tracking is also offered in an app for mobile devices. The website reiterates that paper filing can cause significant delays in processing.

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You can also call the IRS, but they recommend only calling if it has been 21 days or more since you e-filed. With paper returns, it's too hard to estimate when your refund could process. If you've filed with H&R Block, you can call your tax accountant if you find you need help tracking your refund.

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