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Where Is My State Tax Refund?

Where Is My State Tax Refund?

How to check the status of your state tax refund

For all our kvetching, the IRS is *usually* pretty good about sending out tax refunds in a timely manner. In other countries, Australia for example, it’s not uncommon to hear of people waiting 20 or even 30 weeks for their tax refunds.

But state tax refunds can be different from the IRS. They often arrive well behind your federal tax refund which, depending on your perspective, can constitute either be a pleasant surprise or an agonizing wait. If you haven’t file your state taxes yet, you can do so (along with your federal taxes) on PriorTax. 

Here’s how long you can expect to wait for your state tax refund and how to check its status:

  • Alabama state tax refund – With your social security number and refund amount you can check your refund status on the Alabama Department of Revenue website.
  • Arizona state tax refund – Arizona e-filers can expect their refunds in 15 days and paper filers in 12 weeks. If you’re curious about the status of your refund, head over to the Department of Revenue’s online tool.
  • Arkansas state tax refund – Slightly quicker than other states, Arkansas claims it can get refunds from e-filed returns out in 10 days and 6-8 weeks for paper returns. Still burning to know where your refund is? You can check its status here.
  • Connecticut state tax refund – Connecticut’s super speedy Department of Revenue Services claims to get refunds out to e-filers in 4 business days and to paper filers in 10-12 weeks. You can check the status of your refund here.
  • Idaho state tax refund – Idaho e-filers can expect their refunds in about 4 weeks and paper filers in 10 weeks. In the meantime, the Idaho State Tax Commission allows you to check your refund online.
  • Illinois state tax refund – The land of the man who introduced income tax to the United States promises you your refund in 15 weeks. You can check on your Illinois refund here.
  • Kansas state tax refund – The normal processing time for paper filed Kansas returns is 16 weeks. E-filed returns should take somewhat less time. You can check your refund’s status here.
  • Kentucky state tax refund – E-filed Kentucky refunds generally take 7-10 days and paper returns 8-12 weeks. A little behind the times, Kentucky has a number, (502) 564-1600, that you can call to check the status of your refund.
  • Louisiana state tax refund – The Louisiana Department of Revenue estimates that refunds should get to e-filers in 7-10 days and to paper filers in 12-16 weeks. You can check the state of your refund with this online tool.
  • Massachusetts state tax refund – An e-filed return should get you a refund in less than a week, a paper return in less than 3 weeks. You can check the status of your Massachusetts refund online here, after you create an account.
  • Michigan state tax refund – In Michigan it can take up to 2 weeks for the state to get e-filers their refunds and up to 6 weeks to get paper filers their refunds. You can check your refund’s status here.
  • Minnesota state tax refund – Expect it to take 35 business days for the state to get you your refund if you e-filed and up to 90 days if you paper filed. Minnesota taxpayers can check the status of their refunds here.
  • Mississippi state tax refund – Mississippi taxpayers who e-filed a return can expect their refund in 2 weeks, 8-10 weeks if they paper filed. You can check the status of your refund online.
  • New Jersey state tax refund – New Jersey allows you to check the status of your refund online. Be warned, paper filers, your information won’t even be available in the system for 6-8 weeks. E-filers, on the other hand, can expect their direct deposit in 1-2 weeks.
  • New York state tax refund – New York allows you to check on your refund here. New York gives paper filers a target of 6-8 weeks, with e-filers getting refunds faster.
  • Oklahoma state tax refund – Having yet to upgrade to an online system, Oklahoma says you can call (800) 522-8165 in-state toll free to check on your refund.
  • South Carolina state tax refund – You can check on your SC refund here. South Carolina estimates that paper filers will get their refund in 3+ weeks and e-filers in as little as 12 days.
  • West Virginia state tax refund – You can check the status of your WV refund here. West Virginians will have to wait 8 weeks for a refund from their paper return and 3 weeks for a refund from an e-filed return.

There’s no doubt that waiting for a state refund is pretty frustrating, especially when you need the refund money. If you haven’t file your taxes yet, file on PriorTax to get both your federal and state refunds as soon as possible.

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24 Responses to “Where Is My State Tax Refund?”

  1. VLB says:

    Your link for Dealware’s tax refund to submit a refund inquiry…is not a Delaware link. It is the connecticut link….so you have two conecticut links…list. And no delaware link at all. I’ve clicked on both the CT and the DE link…and both are for Ct

    • admin says:

      Hi VLB,

      Thanks for pointing out our mistake! The correct Delaware link has now been inserted into the post.

  2. Joanne says:

    I filed my 2008 state(NY) refund in Feb of this year, an oversight on my part, but I still have not received the refund. What is the normal wait time this?
    Thanks!

  3. rudell says:

    I filled 2010 refund 5.14.12 .they have not prossed it as of 7.25.13
    2 .I can find no status online.Have no idea when to expect,seems long time .

  4. Shonda Garrett says:

    I Filed a state tax refund for 2010 And never. Received it .. who do I need to speak with .

  5. Mai Lam-Cochrane says:

    Hello,

    I have been going through a divoce for 3 years now and recently found out my husband did not filed 2008! I just submitted in July, any chance the IRS would understand my situation?

    • admin says:

      Hi Mai,

      It’s unlikely that the IRS will still let you claim a refund from 2008. You could try calling them, but I doubt they will accept it. You did have three years to file, after all.

  6. LORA says:

    i never recive my tax 2011 and the status for my refund seid this messenger .
    Your GA State refund has been issued.

  7. DawnC says:

    There is no State of Florida listed. :(

  8. Rosalind says:

    My boyfriend and I efiled our taxes the first day allowed. We received our federal taxes over a month ago. Why hasn’t our louisiana state refund been deposited yet?
    We have called and they continue to give us the run around. I’m getting VERY irritated with them! It should have been deposited by now! Why Are they taking almost 2 months!?
    Also, the latest person we spoke to said that they don’t update the website often. And that it has been processed. So why is it that 14 days after being told its been processed have we not received a penny?

  9. Melissa says:

    IRS refunds can only be claimed for up to three years…what about State Tax Refunds (Alabama)?

    • admin says:

      Hi Melissa,

      I’m not 100% sure. Generally states follow the federal rules, so I think you should be able to get your AL refund for up to three years, but the best thing to do is probably to call them and confirm.

  10. Lisa says:

    My complaint is with the State of Kentucky! Yea it’s no problem to call the 1-502-564-1600 number to get the satus of the year 2012 but, Why don’t they have a number to push to ask about past years filings, like for 2011 and 2010?!!! It pisses me off Severly! I know about my 2012′s an yes they’ve been recieved. But they could get off their butt’s an give a little more info for previous year’s of 2011 and 12, the only person I’ve gotten ahold of to speak to gives the “programed answer of: ” We are not as staffed as the Federal gov’t so therefore you will be waiting at least twice as long for your refund.’ What a Bunch of Bull S***, cause we recieved our 2012′s (both Fed. and State) with in 10days of filing!! It’s now 04-07-13..If that’s the way Ky. State Gov’t. knows how to use a calculator, I’m sorry to be a Ketuckian!! Seriously Wait till Election Time dear Governor…

  11. vermell D Bonneau says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEN WITH SC STATE INCOME REFUND IT E-FILE IN LATE FEBRUARY EARY
    MARCH. HAVE NOT RECIEVED.

    THANK YOU

  12. Heidi says:

    The link for NJ is not updated n will not come up. Frustrated. I would like to check my status.

  13. Dana says:

    I filed 6 weeks ago and at week 3 was told I was manually reviewed and its done we are waiting for deposit date. Week 4 I was told not manually reviewed but still waiting for deposit date and they don’t know why its not done. Week 5 same thing. This week “oh deer you should have gotten this by now, this is strange. We will have to investigate why you didn’t get your refund. Please wait 4 more weeks while we figure this out.” Then after they figure it out it may take 2 to 6 weeks being a total of 12 weeks for a normal e filed return.

  14. five weeks and counting says:

    E-filed March 14th. Received Federal a few days later. Still waiting for Louisiana and Wisconsin. Check their sites and see it has been accepted and is processing. Is the online information all that is available?

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