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How do I receive my tax refund with PayPal?

To receive your tax refund with PayPal, your account will need to be set up to receive Direct Deposit payments. If you were approved for a PayPal Debit Mastercard®, you’re automatically provisioned with a Direct Deposit account and routing numbers.

To set up Direct Deposit:

  1. Click the Settings icon.
  2. Click View your Direct Deposit info.
  3. Click Find your employer.
  4. Search for who pays you (your employer, government agency, or payroll provider). If you can’t find who pays you, copy your Direct Deposit numbers and give them to your Payer.
  5. Follow the instructions to confirm your identity and enter your Direct Deposit information.

If you need to provide your assigned account number and routing number to the IRS, follow the steps below.

You will enter your PayPal Direct Deposit routing and account numbers into your tax form, and select “Checking” as the account type. Once processed, your refund will automatically be added to your balance and you’ll receive a notification via email.

  • Once processed by the IRS, your refund will automatically be added to your PayPal Balance, and we’ll notify you by email.
  • For existing Direct Deposit customers who may have had their routing number updated, know that you don’t need to do a thing for Direct Deposit payments you previously set up, including an IRS refund. We automatically update it for you and will continue to monitor any deposits to make sure funds are available to you in your PayPal Balance account.

Here’s how to find your Direct Deposit information after enrollment:

  1. Click the Settings icon.
  2. Click View your Direct Deposit info.
  3. You’ll see your account and routing number here.

To find your Direct Deposit numbers:

  1. Tap Wallet.
  2. Tap Go to Direct Deposit.

According to the IRS, most refunds are issued in less than 21 days from the filing of a return. For more information, please visit www.irs.gov

How do I check the status of my tax refund?

The IRS provides 3 ways to check the status of your tax refund 72 hours after you’ve e-filed your return.

  1. Visit www.irs.gov/refunds and go to "Where’s My Refund."
  2. Download the IRS2Go App for your mobile device.
  3. Call the IRS Refund Hotline at (800) 829-1954.

Make sure you have this information when checking on the status of your refund:

  • Social Security Number
  • Filing Status
  • Exact Refund Amount

Can I add my state tax refund to my PayPal account?

If your state allows it, you can add your state tax refund to your PayPal Balance account using PayPal Direct Deposit. Please consult your state for instructions and eligibility.

Learn more about paying taxes and receiving your tax refund with PayPal.

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