How To Track Your Tax Relief Check

A relief tax check or tax refund check can be tracked by contacting the IRS. After a taxpayer files a return for their tax return, the IRS sets up a process for tracking refund status. This typically requires the taxpayer to call their local IRS office or make an inquiry regarding the status of their check.

A Word on Tax Relief

A quick word on tax relief. There is no such thing. The present tax system changes from time to time to allow taxpayers to reduce their overall tax burden but the term tax relief is not common when talking about tax refunds or reductions. Stimulus checks and emergency economic bills designed to stimulate the economy are not tax relief but ways to encourage spending and growth.

Lowering Tax Rates

The tax code was last amended in 2001 to change the income brackets and tax rates payable by individual and business taxpayer. The changes made in 2001 lowered the tax rates for taxpayers and provided a measure of “relief” for taxpayers. This does not mean that a tax relief check was mailed to taxpayers. It meant that taxpayers paid a lower tax rate on their 2001 tax returns filed in the year 2002.

Tracking a Tax Check

Regarding tax return refund checks, IRS.gov has functions designed to allow a taxpayer to track their tax checks. Many states by the way also permit the tracking of tax refunds online. This can be accomplished by using a laptop or PC and going directly to the site with the refund information.  

An Easy and Intuitive Process

Tracking refund information is intuitive and easy to accomplish online. A taxpayer may also call or write the IRS or state taxation department to obtain information regarding a refund check.  Whatever way a person is comfortable in locating information, the process of tracking information is no different for tax information than it is for U.S. mail or overnight delivery packages.

When Information Is Communicated

When special refund checks are sent out to the public, taxpayers are made aware of how to apply for the checks. The IRS does a good job in providing information on when a check will be available and how to find it. This information is easy to read and understand and does not require an advanced degree or any special skills of the taxpayer.

Know What You Are Tracking

If you need to track a “tax relief” check, know what you are tracking. Know what type of check it is and when it was announced that the check was available. Know the proper terminology for the type of check and if you have any questions regarding the state of the check, simply contact the IRS directly.