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Where is my 2008 Tax Refund?

Check the status of your Federal Refund with the IRS’ “Where’s my Refund”

I had previously discussed meeting with my accountant, why I wasn’t a huge fan of my account and receiving the news of my New York & Federal income tax refund.  Well its been a while, or at least it feels like a while when you are waiting on a couple grand from the government!

Well that is when I found a COOL link which lets you know the status of your tax refund.  The website is on the IRS’ website, so I can only assume its safe.  You can check it for yourself HERE.  Below is a screenshot:


You will need your:

  • Social Security
  • Filing Status (Single, joint-married, etc.)
  • Whole dollar Refund Amount

I thought I it was that easy.

The Status of MY Tax Refund

Well, let me tell you what happened when I hit “Submit.”  I received the following screen:


If you can’t read it, it says:

“There is a problem with your return” “Please reference Number 1201”

Needless to say, I freaked out and called my friendly IRS Agent and did in fact reference 1201.  While on hold I googled it, and found a bunch of people who had the same problem.  Reference Number 1201 seems to indicate a general problem (GREAT!)…so sweating bullets, I was still on hold with the IRS listening to awful bastardization of classical music.

FINALLY! An agent named Mrs. Murphy came on the phone, and I gave her the code.  Her response? Please hold I am going to have to look into this.  “Please hold?” Damn it people, she was polite as hell but I mean come on this is the IRS – just give me the magic words – No Audit!

Finally, the music stops and Mrs. Murphy is back.  She explains that since the wife’s quarterly estimates were made under her social security number (we got married in June) and we filed married-joint (i.e. under my social security). So the computer was trying to reconcile this issue.  Say it with me,


However, I am going to wait for my refund anywhere from 3 to 5 more weeks!

Checking the Status of your State’s Tax Refund

I found New York’s Site pretty easily.  But as expected that site gave me problems too, so I am hoping its the same issue (I have yet to call).  For purposes of this post only, I searched for other state’s and found a website that had these links.  I have not checked all the links so I can’t verify each one.

I have also made these other updates regarding my taxes:



  1. My boyfriend are having almost identical issues. He filed head of household and all the above you mentioned. However, he filed Jan.28th….we've received the same bs info on the irs website…"There is a delay in processing your refund." So we have called the IRS many many many times and have not had any luck on why it is being delayed. They won't tell us who is supposively "reviewing" it and how much longer this will take. They have not asked us for any additional information incase our tax preparer might have forgotten something. NADA. Tax season is over and we filed earlier than most and nothing is being done. No one has contacted us regarding it…our only info is the same bs on DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE HELL WE CAN FIND INFO ON OUR MUCH NEEDED REFUND. There never seems to be a problem when the government removes funds from our paychecks. And we have never had a problem before come tax time. This is aggravating, irritating and I just want some one who doesn't have their head shoved up their tail to give us accurate info and let us know something useful. Thank you anyone with info!!!!


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