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Electronic Refund reference code 1201

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When checking electronic federal refund status, it says to call with reference code "1201"? What is that?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Alex replied 11 years ago.
You don't have anything to worry about. For some reason, you just need to call to verify your refund; the reference code just lets the IRS know who you are when you call. Its kind of like an identification number automatically assigned to you so that when you call they will be able to pull up your information more quickly.

There are two ways to get your federal refund status. The easiest is online. Simply visit this website: https://sa.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp . Fill out the requested information and you should be able to get verify your refund.

The other way is to call. The telephone number is XXXXX then you will need to press 1. Have your Social Secuity number, filing status and refund amount from your tax return ready (If you filed a Form 1040, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 72a. If you filed a Form 1040A, the Refund Amount is shown on Line 45a. If you filed a Form 1040EZ, and the Refund Amount is shown on Line 11a.)

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