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How to check income tax refund status online?


How to check income tax refund status online?
Did you know that you can check your income tax refund status online? Yes, there is a simple way to do it. Many people are not aware of the fact that it can be checked online and they keep waiting, worrying about their status.

How to check status?

* Visit the income tax site page

* Enter your PAN, Assessment Year

* Click submit

Your status will be known

* The same can also be checked through SBI by calling toll free number help desk at 18004259760 or even through email to or

However, one has to keep in mind that refund status can be checked only if they have filed returns on time, preferably by online method.

What you may encounter?

While checking your status you may come across different types of status. Below are some common status messages.

* Change in address: A lot of cheques return back due to address change not updated by assessee. People change the location but forget to update for respective departments. So, one has to always update the present address.

Cheque enashed: If the assessee has encashed the cheque it will reflect the same.

Facts to be noted

In the 'Refund Banker Scheme' the refunds generated on processing of Income tax Returns by the Assessing officers/ CPC-Bangalore are transmitted to State Bank of India, CMP branch, Mumbai (Refund Banker) on the next day of processing for further distribution to taxpayers.

Refunds are being sent in following two modes:

RTGS / NECS: To enable credit of refund directly to the bank account, Taxpayer.s Bank A/c (at least 10 digits), MICR code of bank branch and correct communication address is mandatory.

Paper Cheque: Bank Account No, Correct address is mandatory.

Taxpayers can view status of refund 10 days after their refund has been sent by the Assessing Officer to the Refund Banker.


Status of 'paid' refund, being paid other than through 'Refund Banker,' can also be viewed at

'Refund paid' status is also being reflected in the 'Tax Credit Statements' in Form 26AS.

Click here to know about tax credit online (26AS)

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