A: IRS2GO, an application for your Android phone or iPhone, allows you to check your federal refund status and the amount you will get back, Willis said. You'll get an e-mail confirming the expected date of your refund. The app is free, includes tax tips and it's available at www.irs.gov.
Q: Why is a big refund not necessarily the best thing?
A: Willis said that getting a big refund isn't a sound financial practice. It means you've essentially given the federal government an interest-free loan. She advised that taxpayers recalculate their withholding so they get their money throughout the year and invest it rather than give it away.