You can use the federal refund link to start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after IRS has received your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return.
The tracker displays progress through 3 stages: (1) Return Received, (2) Refund Approved and (3) Refund Sent. IRS will provide personalized refund information based on the processing of your tax return. The tool will provide an actual refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund.
The IRS generally claims to issue most refunds within 21 days of return processing.