• Where's My Refund: Check the Status of Your Federal and State Tax Refunds

    Every year, one of the most frequent questions we receive is, "Where's my tax refund?" If you are like most taxpayers, these extra funds are often allocated before receiving them. Knowing exactly when your tax refund will hit your account will help you plan ahead.

    Refund Status

    The following information is provided to assist individuals with tracking the status of their anticipated tax refund. All taxpayers want a fast response when they are expecting a state or federal refund. While the IRS and state treasuries are typically very efficient with distributing these, it is possible for an issue to occur. For this reason, it is important that taxpayers understand how to monitor the status of their refunds after submitting their state and federal tax returns.


    Using the IRS Where's My Refund tool:

    The IRS has instituted a simple method for checking the status of an individual's tax refund. "Where's My Refund" is what the IRS calls its tool which allows filers to check the status of their Federal Refund. In order to check this, you must have first filed your return and it must have been received by the IRS. Status updates are typically only made every 24hrs, so you may also need to wait at least one day after receipt of the return prior to using the IRS Where's My Refund tool.

    You can check the status of your refund by clicking the "Check My Refund Status" button below. Please note, in order to retrieve the information on your refund you will need to enter your SSN, filing status and the amount of your expected tax refund.


    Twenty-one days or less is the "stated" turn-around time in which a filer should receive their refund. However, in practice many refunds are processed much more quickly than this; some in as little as 8 days. For this reason, you may want to consider waiting until the 8th day before checking your tax refund's status. Keep in mind that federal return timeframes are based on the receipt date and those who file by mail should add time to this estimate.

    If you would like to check your status these are the items you will first need:

    1. Your social security number or tax ID number.
    2. The type of filing/marital status that was selected in the return (single, married filing jointly, head of household, etc)
    3. The exact refund amount you are anticipating, according to the tax return filling.

    The IRS' Where's My Refund tool can be accessed in three different ways. Online, over the phone or using the IRS app (available for most Android devices and Apple iPhone/iPad).

    Online, you can access information about your refund status by visiting to the webpage here - https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp and entering the personal information specified above.

    The IRS Refund Hotline is also available for those who prefer to receive information over the phone. The tax refund phone number for this is 1-800-829-1954.?Please note, for assistance in locating possible lost refunds please see our page on?contacting the IRS. Finally, the IRS now offers a mobile app version of the Where's My Refund tool, which fillers can install and access on their Apple (here) or Android (here) devices.

    With each of these access methods refund status updates occur once every twenty-four hours, usually at night. Calling, checking online or with the app once daily is enough. Checking more frequently will not prompt a quicker status update.


    Where's my State Refund?

    Tracking Down State Tax Refunds:

    There are 43 states that currently collect income taxes. Residents of many of these states who expect a tax refund now too have a means to find information on the status of their state refund just as with their federal. Similar to the IRS, several states also offer a "Where's My State Refund" tool. It is important to note, that the various avenues available to individuals for finding information on their state refund status do differ by state.

    Tax refunds in individual states may also take longer to arrive in comparison with federal tax returns filed by mail or electronically. Most state governments issue refunds 21 days after receiving a tax return, some states may take even longer than this. Furthermore, some also take longer to issue refunds to first-time taxpayers. This is an important consideration for taxpayers who just moved to the state or taxpayers who recently started earning income and are filing for the first time.

    Like the IRS, most state government websites require the exact expected refund and the individual's Social Security number and/or tax ID to access information. Occasionally, a state may also require information from the prior tax year and either a zip code or full mailing address of the tax payer.

    Below you will find information for all 43 states on how to lookup the status of a refund. There are also phone numbers and addresses listed for the various state departments in the case that you need to contact one of them regarding a missing refund, question or possible error:

    State of Alabama DOR (Department of Revenue)
    Gordon Persons Building
    50 North Ripley Street Montgomery, AL 36104
    (334) 242-1099

    Arizona DOR Income Tax Refunds
    1600 West Monroe
    Phoenix, AZ 85007-2650
    (602) 255-3381 https://www.aztaxes.gov/CheckRefund

    Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    Ledbetter Building
    1816 West 7th Street, Room 2300
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    (501) 682-1100

    State of California Franchise Tax Board
    9646 Butterfield Way
    Sacramento, CA 95827
    (800) 338-0505

    Colorado DOR
    1375 Sherman Street
    Denver, CO 80261
    (303) 238-7378

    State of Connecticut DOR Services
    25 Sigourney Street
    Hartford, CT 06106
    (860) 297-5962

    Delaware Division of Revenue
    Carvel State Office Building
    820 North French Street
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    (302) 577-8200

    District Of Columbia OTR Customer Service Center
    1101 4th Street Southwest, Suite W270
    Washington, D.C. 20024
    (202) 727-4829

    Georgia DOR
    1800 Century Boulevard Northeast, #12000
    Atlanta, GA 30345
    (404) 417-6605

    Hawaii Department of Taxation
    830 Punchbowl Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    (808) 587-4242

    Idaho State Tax Commission
    800 East Park Boulevard, #500
    Boise, ID 83712
    (208) 334-7660

    Illinois DOR
    15 Executive Drive
    Fairview Heights, IL 62208
    (618) 624-6773

    Indiana DOR
    P.O. Box 40
    Indianapolis, IN 46206-0040
    (317) 232-2240

    Iowa DOR
    1305 East Walnut Street, #3000
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    (515) 281-3114

    Kansas DOR
    915 Southwest Harrison Street, #300
    Topeka, KS 66612
    (785) 368-8222

    Kentucky DOR
    501 High Street
    Frankfort, KY 40601-2103
    (502) 564-4581

    Louisiana DOR
    617 North Third Street
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    (225) 219-0102

    Maine Revenue Services
    51 Commerce Drive
    Augusta, ME 04330
    (207) 626-8475
    Refunds Status: https://portal.maine.gov/refundstatus/

    Massachusetts DOR
    436 Dwight Street, # 312
    Springfield, MA 01103
    (617) 887-6367

    Michigan Department of Treasury
    Lansing, MI 48922
    (517) 373-3200

    Minnesota DOR
    600 North Robert Street
    St. Paul, MN 55101
    (651) 556-3000

    Mississippi DOR
    P.O. Box 23050
    Jackson, MS 39225
    (601) 923-7801

    Missouri DOR
    Harry S. Truman State Office Building
    301 West High Street
    Jefferson City, MO 65101
    (573) 751-3505

    Montana DOR
    Sam W. Mitchell Building
    125 North Roberts, 3rd Floor
    Helena, MT 59604-5805
    (406) 444-6900

    Nebraska DOR
    P.O. Box 98912
    Lincoln, NE 68509?8912
    (402) 471?5729

    State of New Jersey Department of Treasury
    Division of Taxation
    P.O. Box 046
    Trenton, NJ 08646-0046
    (609) 826-4400

    New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department
    1100 South St. Francis Drive
    Santa Fe, NM 87504
    (505) 827-0700

    New York Department of Taxation and Finance
    State Processing Center
    P.O. BOX 61000
    Albany, NY 12261-0001
    (518) 457-5149

    North Carolina DOR
    P.O. Box 25000
    Raleigh, NC 27640-0640
    (919) 707-7500

    State of North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner
    600 East Boulevard Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
    (701) 328-7088

    Ohio Department of Taxation
    4485 Northland Ridge Boulevard
    Columbus, OH 43229
    (800) 282-1780

    Oklahoma Tax Commission
    2501 North Lincoln Boulevard
    Oklahoma City, OK 73194
    (405) 521-3160

    Oregon DOR
    955 Center Street Northeast
    Salem, OR 97301
    (503) 378-4988

    Pennsylvania DOR
    333 Walnut Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17128
    (717) 787-8201

    Rhode Island DOR
    Taxation Division
    1 Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI 02908
    (401) 222-1040

    South Carolina DOR
    1330 Howard Parkway
    Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
    (843) 839-2960

    Utah State Tax Commission
    210 North 1950 West
    Salt Lake City, UT 84134
    (801) 297-3996

    Vermont Department of Taxes
    133 State Street
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    (802) 828-2515

    Virginia Department of Taxation
    1957 Westmoreland Street
    Richmond, VA 23230
    (804) 367-2486

    West Virginia State Tax Department
    Taxpayer Services Division
    1206 Quarrier Street
    Charleston, WV 25301
    (304) 558-3333

    Wisconsin DOR
    2135 Rimrock Road
    Madison, WI 53713
    (608) 266-2772

    Q&A: What is the fastest way to get a tax refund?

    E-filing and choosing to receive your refund through direct deposit helps to expedite the tax refund process and get you your fastest refund without the use of expensive refund anticipation loans. At E-file, you'll get a confirmation of acceptance from the IRS within 48hrs. Once accepted, you can get your money in as little as 21 calendar days. In contrast, when you print and mail a return it can take as long as two months to receive your refund.

    Another way to help speed up your tax refund is to select a direct deposit instead of requesting a paper check. To utilize this, you simply need your bank name, account and routing number.

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