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Tax Tip: Tracking Your Tax Refund

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- is a useful website for questions about your 2010 taxes. But did you know you can also use it to track your refund?

"As long as you have your personal information, the exact amount of the refund, you can find the status of your refund right there on the IRS website," accountant Janice Hayman said.

When does the information appear?

“If you filed electronically you need to wait about 72 hours after you receive the email acknowledgement saying we have that return,” said Jodie Reynolds of the IRS. “If you file a paper return you need to wait at least four weeks.”

Reynolds says there is a clear advantage to filing online.

“You're going to get your refund faster obviously if you e-file and that information's going to be available quicker."

For most taxpayers, refunds should come at about the same speed as they did last year.

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