Income Tax Refund in India: How to check the status online?

By Hiral Vakil on February 18, 2019

Refund arises when taxes paid (TDS, Advance tax) on income are higher than actual tax liability of a taxpayer. Income Tax Return needs to be filed in order to claim a tax refund. Usually, it takes 3 to 6 weeks to process a return and receive a refund from the date of filing of a return.

Check Income Tax Refund Status online

Refund status can be checked online in the following two ways:

  1. From the Income tax e-filing website
  2. From TIN NSDL website

1. From the Income-tax e-filing website:

Check Income tax refund status
  • Select ‘Income Tax Return’ and click on submit.
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  • List of return filed will appear, click on hyperlink against an acknowledgment number of a particular return,
  • A pop-up window will appear with the Activity and Status of your e-filed return. It will contain details of:
    • Filing of return and e-verification,
    • Completion of ITR Processing,  
    • Date of issue of refund or reason for the failure of refund if any.
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  • A taxpayer can also give a call to Help Desk to know the status of their refund.
What are the different refund statuses on income tax e-filing website?

2.From TIN NSDL website:

  • Refund status will be displayed on next page.
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What are the different refund statuses on TIN NSDL website?


1. How will I get my refund? 

You may get refund in one of the following ways:

  • If your refund amount exceeds Rs. 50,000, you will receive a cheque from the Income tax department.
  • Otherwise, a refund will be directly deposited to primary bank account mentioned in your income tax return. 

2. What if I don’t receive my refund?

If you do not receive your refund within 3 to 6 weeks then you can check your refund status and understand its meaning. Accordingly, you can raise refund reissue request or inquire about the same by calling helpline number of IT Department.

3. Can I check the refund status of previously filed returns?

Yes. You can check refund status of previously filed return as well. All you need to do is select the Assessment year accordingly. For example: If you wish to check the refund of FY 2015-16 then you need to select AY 2016-17 and you can check the refund status.