How to check the status of your refund and how long it will take
Wondering where your Hawaii state tax refund is? You’re not alone.
You can check the status of your refund online. All you need to do is enter your Social Security number and the amount of your refund and you should be able to see what stage of processing your return is in.
Hawaii takes a long time to update the status of your return on its website. The IRS usually makes your information available on Where’s My Refund in a matter of days, but Hawaii says it can take up to four weeks for them to update your status information.
If after four weeks you still believe there is a problem with your return, you can call Taxpayer Services in Oahu at 808-587-4242 or 1-800-222-3229 (toll-free).
Hawaii also tends to be a little on the slow side when it comes to issuing tax refunds. According to the Department of Taxation, most people should get their refund money within eight weeks of filing their return. Doubtless you will note that this is quite a bit longer than the twenty-one days within which most people get their refunds from the IRS and longer even than most other states.
Also, it may take longer than eight weeks if you file close to the deadline, as the department then has to deal with a massive crush of returns all coming in at once. Errors with your return will also cause delays.
Hawaii is also unique in that it has a later tax filing deadline than the federal government and most states. Hawaii tax returns are due on April 20th, so if you’re running late on your taxes you’ve got a couple extra days to work on your state return after you file your federal. If you still haven’t filed your federal or your state, remember you can do them both for the current year or a prior year right here on PriorTax.
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