Aloha! Let’s check that Hawaii refund status, shall we?
Hawaii may seem far off from the rest of the U.S. with it’s amazing weather and coconut trees. Don’t worry, though. The IRS could never forget a state with the second highest tax rates in the country (shout out to NY in #1!). Whether you’re expecting a refund or not, we’ll give you the lowdown on checking your return status. It’s pretty easy!
Check your refund status online.
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.
Check your refund status by phone.
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).
How long can I expect it to take to receive my refund?
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.
Did you know Hawaii’s deadline date is different?
Hawaii is also unique in that it has a later tax filing deadline than the federal government and most states. While the typical deadline date for the rest of the U.S. states tends to fall around April 15th, Hawaii tax returns are usually due closer to April 20th. So if you’re running late, you’ve got a couple extra days to work on your state return after you file your federal.
Don’t know where to file?
Funny you should mention that. With PriorTax, you can prepare and file your federal or state tax returns.