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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