The IRS offers several ways to find out. At the www.irs.gov "Where's My Refund?" section, find your refund status by plugging in your Social Security number and expected amount. Or locate it via an automated IRS refund hotline, (800) 829-1954. Note: Refunds mailed so far this year average $2,292. That's a 4.5 percent increase over the average refund mailed at the same time in 2003.