• How to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund

    How to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund

    Video description

    Last fall, we challenged you to create videos that answer common questions about government benefits and services. Here’s one of the winners of the contest. View all of the winning videos, submissions and contest rules at faq.challenge.gov.

    Video transcript

    So you filed your federal income tax return. You’ve been thinking about all of the super cool stuff you could buy with your refund for weeks now, but it’s been a while, and for you, patience was never a virtue. So how do you check the status of your cash?

    Well, there are two super simple ways to do this. If you filed your tax return online, you’ll be able to check out the status of your refund 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges that they’ve received it. After that, you can go to IRS.gov to check out your refund status.

    If you sent your return the ol’ fashioned way, either through the mail or in person, you’ll be able to get the info on your return in about three to four weeks. To check your refund status, you can give the IRS Refund Hotline a ring and dial 1 (800) 829-1954.

    After that, you’ll get your cash, and you’ll get to spend it on that super awesome thing you’ve had your eye on. …or save it for something even more awesome.

    Get more information to answer your government questions at USA.gov.

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  • Protect Your Family from Accidental Poisoning

    By Lina Younes, EPA’s Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison

    Did you know that poison centers answer more than 4 million calls each year. That’s one call every eight seconds! Did you also know that the majority of these incidents are 100% preventable?

    That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency, its federal partners and the American Association of Poison Control Centers are joining forces to increase awareness of the dangers of poisoning during National Poison Prevention Week, March 18- 24.

    The Centers for Disease Control statistics indicate that poisoning has become the leading cause of death from injuries in this country. More than 2 million human exposures occur every year. More than 50% involve children 6 years old or younger.

    EPA and its federal partners are especially concerned about preventing accidental exposures among young children. They are especially vulnerable to poisonings for several reasons.

    Given the fact that they inhale more air and consume more food and water in proportion to their body weight, any exposure to poisons, even those in small quantities, heighten the dangers of poisoning to their developing bodies.

    There are behavioral risks as well. Children are frequently crawling on the floor where there may be pesticide residues and they frequently put their hands and small articles in their mouths. These behaviors put them at even a greater risk.

    So what can you do to protect your family from accidental poisonings? Here are some simple tips:

    • Keep pest control products, household cleaners, and medication up high, out of children’s reach, in a locked cabinet or garden shed.
    • Read the label before using a pest control or household cleaning product.
    • Using more than indicated on the label does not kill more pests or clean better. In fact, misuse of the product only increases the risk of poisonings.
    • Go through your home room by room to see where there are potential poisoning hazards and correct accordingly.
    • Use products with a tamper-resistant bait station to protect children from exposure to mouse/rat/insect poison.
    • Program the Poison Help Line (800-222-1222) into your phone and post the poison help line number near your phone. In the event of an accidental poisoning, call the toll free Poison Help line which is staffed around the clock. Help is available in English, Spanish and more than 150 languages.

    Do us a favor—help us spread the word during National Poison Prevention Week! Together we may prevent accidental poisonings at home and in your community. Find additional resources on how to protect children from pesticide exposure. 

    Learn more about how to prevent poisonings in the home.

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