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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