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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