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When Will I Get My State Tax Refund? How Do I Check State Refund Status?

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When Will I Get My State Tax Refund? How Do I Check State Refund Status?

Are you wondering when you will get your state tax refund? Some states process refunds in days while others can take up to 16 weeks.

Many tax filers know about the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” tool  to learn the status of federal refunds. However, some don’t know where to check the status of a state refund.  PriorTax has good news- your state’s taxation website  has a similar refund tracking tool. That means, after filing 2013 taxes, you can learn when you will receive your state tax refund.

Want to find out the status of your state refund right now? To make your life a little easier, we have included a link to each state’s refund status tool along with the possible time it may take to receive your state refund.

Alabama: Check your refund status My Alabama Taxes (MAT).  The Alabama website also displays their phone number 1-800-322-4106 for anyone with Alabama tax questions.

Arizona: According to the Arizona Where’s My Refundwebsite direct deposited refunds generally take 15 days from the submit date of the tax return, while paper filed returns can take up to 12 weeks.

Arkansas:You can check the status of your  Arkansas refund on the  Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point (ATAP)  site. Refunds will generally be processed within 10 days of the time the acknowledgment is posted. Arkansas contact number is 501-682-1100.

California: The Check your 2013 California Refund Status tool website states that most tax filers will generally receive their California refund within 7-10 days if e-filed and within 8-12 weeks, if mailed.

Colorado: The  Colorado Refund Status tool website advises that direct deposited refunds will be available  2-3 weeks after filing.

Connecticut: The Check your Connecticut Refund Status tool website reads e-filed refunds are generally issued within 4 business days while paper filed returns take 10-12 weeks to process refunds. You may also check a CT refund status be calling 860-297-5962.

Delaware: The Delaware Refund Inquiry tool states refunds direct deposited should be available within 5 business days from the date issued while mailed checks take about a week. The refund contact phone number available 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM  is 302-577-8784.

District of Columbia: The DC Refund Status Inquiry website states that error-free tax returns take about 2 to 3 weeks to process and issue a refund. The customer service phone number is  202-727-4TAX (4829)  from  8:15 AM- 5:30 PM.

Georgia:  24  hours after e-filing, you can check the status of  a peach state return on the Georgia Where’s My Refund? page. Contact the taxpayer service unit with tax questions from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 1-877-423-6711 option #2.

Hawaii: Check the status of your Hawaii refund on the Hawaii Tax Refund Status page or by calling 1-800-222-3229.

Idaho: The Idaho Check Refund Status page states that refunds from e-filed returns are issued in 7 weeks from date of acknowledgment that the return was received. Paper filed returns may take up to 10 weeks to process a refund.

Illinois: The Illinois Tax Refund Status Inquiry Tool page warns that refunds from paper filed returns may take up to 15 weeks to be processed.

Indiana: The Indiana Refund Status Tool website lists a contact number 317-232-2240 for any Indiana tax questions. Indiana refunds for e-filed returns take up to 3 weeks while paper filed returns take up to 12 weeks.

Iowa: Check the status of your refund on the Iowa Refund Status website or by calling 515-281-4966.

Kansas: The Kansas Refund Status Tool allows you to check the status of your return or Homestead refund. For other questions, call 785-368-8222 from 8 AM – 4:30 PM CST.

Kentucky: The Kentucky Refund Status Tool website page states that e-filed refunds take 7-10 days process while mailed paper returns take 8-10 weeks.

Louisiana: Allow 21 days for e-filed returns or 12-16 weeks for paper filed returns before checking your refund status on the Louisiana Where’s My Refund web tool.

Maine: The Maine Refund Status Inquiry Tool informs users that refund information updates on Tuesday and Friday nights. Maine tax refunds take up to 14 days to be processed. Maine’s Income Tax Division phone is 207-626-8475.

Maryland: E-filed Maryland returns only take a few days to process while paper filed returns can take up to 30 days. Check the status of your refund on the Maryland Refund Status website or by calling the refund line at 410-260-7701 or 1-800-218-8160.

MassachusettsCreate an account on the Massachusetts Refund website to check the status of your Mass. tax refund. For Massachusetts tax questions call 617-887-MDOR.

Michigan: If you e-filed your return, wait 14 days to check the status of your Michigan refund online. Paper filers are advised to wait 6 weeks.

MinnesotaCheck  your refund status on the Minnesota “Where’s My Refund?” page or by calling 651-296-4444. Refunds take up to 30 days to be direct deposited and up to 60 days to be mailed.

Mississippi: Check your refund status on the Mississippi Taxpayer Access Point Refund Search page. Their 24 hour refund number is 601-923-7801. E-filed refunds are issued within 14 business days while paper filed may take 8-10 weeks.

Missouri: The 2013 Missouri Return Inquiry System or phone line 573-526-TAXX (8299) will help you obtain the status of your Missouri refund.

Montana: Check your refund on the 2013 Montana “Where’s My Refund”  website. For help, call 1-866-859-2254.

NebraskaIf you e-filed your return wait 2-5 days or if paper filed wait 15-21 days after filing before checking your status on the Nebraska Income Tax Refund Status page. The Nebraska Taxpayer Assistance contact number is 402-471-5729.

New Jersey: If you e-filed, wait  10 days or if you paper filed, wait 12 weeks before checking the online New Jersey Refund Status Service.  New Jersey refunds e-filed take about 3 weeks to process while refunds from paper returns take at least 12 weeks. For questions call 609-826-4400.

New Mexico: Use the New Mexico Refund Status Tool to check your NM refund status. Generally, e-filed returns are processed within 4 weeks and paper returns take 6-12 weeks. For questions call 505-827-0827.

New York: A week after e-filing or four weeks after paper filing, visit the NY Income Tax Refund Status Page to view your refund status. E-filed NY refunds take up to 30 days while mailed refunds take 8-12 weeks.

North Carolina: The North Carolina “Where’s My Refund?” site states refunds are issued about 6 weeks after the return is received.

North Dakota: After waiting 5 days from the day you e-filed or 6 weeks from the day you paper filed, you may check your refund status on the North Dakota Taxpayer Access Point page. If you e-filed and elected to have your refund direct deposited you may receive it within 5 days of filing. For other refund questions call 701-328-1242.

Ohio: Check your Ohio Refund Status online or by calling 1-800-282-1784.

Oklahoma: Check the Status of your refund on the Oklahoma Refund Status Page. For questions, call 405-521-3160.

Oregon: Refund processing takes 5-10 days if you e-filed and 6 to 8 weeks if you paper filed by mail.  Check your Oregon Refund Status online or call 503-378-4988 with tax questions.

Pennsylvania: The PA Refund Status Page notes filers to allow 8-10 weeks for processing of tax refunds. 

Rhode Island: Check your Rhode Island Refund Status Online. For income tax questions call 401-574-8829, option #3.

South Carolina: E-Filed SC refunds take around 12 days while those paper filed can take up to 8 weeks to process. You can check your SC Refund Status online or by calling 803-898-5300.

Vermont:  Use the Vermont Refund Status Tool. For questions, call 1-866-828-2865.

Virginia: The Virginia Refund Status Page informs filers that refunds from e-filed returns take a week to process while those paper filed can take up to 7 weeks.

West Virginia: For updates on your WV refund, use the state’s “Where’s My Refund?” tool. For tax questions, call 604-558-3333.

Wisconsin: Check your refund status on the Wisconsin Income Tax Return Status Page or by calling 866-947-7363.

Wondering why we didn’t list Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming?  These nine states don’t have an income tax. That means, there’s no state tax return filing in these states!

If you haven’t already, file your federal and state taxes on PriorTax. Once your returns are processed, you can track your tax refund status online. Who knows, maybe your state refund will be in your bank account within days!

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60 Responses to “When Will I Get My State Tax Refund? How Do I Check State Refund Status?”

  1. Joyce m Shaffer says:

    What is the status of my 2012 missouri property tax credit claim refund? The amount is $327.00.

  2. Kellie says:

    I filed my 2013 NC taxes on Feb. 7th. It is now July 15th, and I have not received my refund! I’ve called Dept of Revenue several times, with no answers. The website continues to say “your return has not yet been processed.” Where do I get answers!?

  3. Randy Sinclair says:

    What date should I receive my state income tax return

    • admin says:

      Hi Randy,
      It depends on the state- I would suggest checking out your state’s department of finance website. There, you will most likely be able to track your refund after answering a few questions. Best of luck!

  4. Flora Miller says:

    My state refund was supposed go direct deposit around first week in March still haven’t received it yet

    • admin says:

      Hi Flora,

      I can understand your frustration! The first step would be to use the links in the above article for your specific state. Once you are on the correct state’s website, you will be prompted to enter your information and submit. After submitting, you will be shown a status of your state return. You want to be sure to check this even after receiving an estimate direct deposit date just in case there was a change due to fraud or any other mistakes that can happen. If you still have questions after receiving your updated status, there will ALWAYS be a specific phone number to contact your state tax department. Seeing as it is post tax deadline mayhem, you should not have to wait on hold for an extended period of time.

  5. amanda says:

    I have filed my NJ 2014 state income tax in February 2015! I received a letter stating that they needed additional information and that my refund would be processed within 90 day of receiving the paperwork. I sent the paper work back by March 1st. It is now July and the inquiry site is still saying they have not approved a refund. When i call the state office they tell me i just have to wait. Is there anything that can be done to tell me whats going or give me any information?

    • admin says:

      Hi Amanda,

      As with the IRS refund inquiry tool, the NJ application is updated daily with refund statuses. I suggest checking back each day until you see an update. I also recommend calling he NJ office again to inquire where your refund is and if it has at the very least been sent out yet. Seeing as that it is over 90 days in, they should have a status update for you. I understand this is frustrating but once your tax preparer has submitted your tax return, the ball is in your state office’s court.

  6. Bruce Devido says:

    Do I forfeit a refund from SC if I file 3 months late.. I have overpaid SC state tax.

    • admin says:

      Hi Bruce,

      There is never a reason to forfeit a tax refund. You will not be penalized for filing late if you are owed a refund. In many cases, you are even still able to claim your refund.

  7. Judy says:

    I have a friend that is moving to NJ from Wisconsin the first week of March 2016 who collects Social Security in Wisconsin. Can she get her income taxes done in NJ? Would she have to pay NJ State Taxes?

    • admin says:

      Hi Judy,

      The state that you prepare your taxes in will not affect which state you owe taxes to. Your friend can get her taxes done by a tax preparer in New Jersey without owing taxes there.

  8. Mya greene says:

    My ny state tax says my taxes are done being processed and i will recieve correspondence in 10 days about my refund does that mean i did not get approved

    • admin says:

      Hi Mya,

      That does not necessarily mean you were not approved. You should expect to receive a correspondence letter in the mail. This will explain if they need further information from you or just how to proceed. You will be able to contact someone at that point if you need further explanation. It is more professional for the IRS or your state office to contact you via mail so that you are not providing any personal information over the phone.

  9. May says:

    I e-filed my tax return online.they said it should take 7-10 days for you to get your return and 8 to 12 week if you mailed it in.but I did not mailed mine in.I filed it online.why do I have to wait up to 12 week?

    • admin says:

      Hi May,

      That is correct. You will not need to wait the 8-12 weeks since you e-filed instead of mailing. It looks as though they were just giving you both options; 7-10 days if you e-filed (electronically) and 8-12 weeks if you paper-filed (by mail).

  10. Sheila D'Onofrio -Mayberry says:

    My 2014 State Tax was filed 2-22-2015 efiled when please do you think I can expect my refund.
    It is is $367.20 and at 68yrs old I could sure use it for food. Thank you for your time
    Sheila DOnofrio-Mayberry

    • admin says:

      Hi Sheila,

      Although times can vary based on the complexity of your return, you can typically expect your prior year refunds within 6-8 weeks.

  11. Klee says:

    I am late filing my 2013 NC state taxes, however I am due a refund. It has already been 8 weeks, when should I expect to receive my refund?

    • admin says:

      Hi Klee,

      It is possible that your refund is delayed a bit since it is for a prior tax year. The typical time frame is 6-8 weeks.

  12. Tonya says:

    My West Virginia state tax refund said it was issued on March 17th 2016 I had it direct deposited but it has not yet showed on my card does anyone know why ?

    • admin says:

      Hi Tonya,

      Although the IRS has issued your refund via direct deposit already, your bank could need additional time to clear the deposit and make it available to you. You can give your bank a call directly if you still have not received the money in your account. They should be able to give you an approximate time frame.

  13. carrie/david sipes says:

    When should I expect my Kansas income tax refund?

  14. amy says:

    i received my federal return on february 4 i filed 2 weeks prior in west virginia today is march 25,2016 i still havent received state return supposed to be direct deposit into bank account. tried calling twice they said there is no holds and check status almost daily on where my state refund site says has been accepted and being processed. how long can they keep it do they have a deadline

    • admin says:

      Hi Amy,

      As you may already know, your state and federal returns are processed and approved of by different entities. Although the IRS tends to get their refunds to taxpayers within 21 days (if e-filed), the state doesn’t provide such a strict time line for themselves. It could take up to 8 weeks with regular processing time. If they require further information from you, it could take longer. However, they will reach out and update their status tool promptly as updates are available. If a substantial amount of time has passed, I do suggest contacting the state office again.

  15. sylvia says:

    Hi i filed my new mexico taxes electronically on Feb 13, 2016. It did say to wait 6-8 weeks and is has now been 9 weeks. i tried checking online with the tool but said it couldn’t give me information at the time. Do you know how much longer it will take?

    • admin says:

      Hi Sylvia,

      Unfortunately, there is no set time frame. The wait time is ‘suggested’ by the state or IRS. However, if you contact your state department, they may be able to look further into your return ETA since it has been an extended period of time.

  16. Tatia says:


    I filed my federal and state on the first day. I received my federal within 14 days. I checked my state status and it said
    Your return has been received and it is being processed. The processing time varies for each return. 
    You should receive your refund 8 to 12 weeks from today provided you do not owe any taxes for prior years or other state agencies.
    It has been 12 weeks and I still haven’t received a refund and is still saying the same thing.

    • admin says:

      Hi Tatia,

      Unfortunately, many states are taking extra precautions when processing returns and issuing refunds to protect against identity theft and any other forms of fraudulent activity. Since you have been checking with your state’s refund application and receiving the same update, I would suggest contacting your state’s revenue department directly. They will be able to do a bit more digging for you to see where exactly your return is in the filing process.

  17. Barry Denenberg says:

    Can I still efile my 2015 North Dakota refund?

    • admin says:

      Hi Barry,

      Yes you can! The last day to e-file a 2015 North Dakota state tax return for tax extension filers and late e-filers is October 17th, 2016.

  18. Ms. George says:

    It’s been over 20 weeks since I filed e-filed and still haven’t received my state return. Can someone please explain this to me! I really need my money I worked hard for. Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Ms.George,

      I strongly suggest contacting your state revenue department directly. You can find the phone number by clicking on your state’s link above. It shouldn’t take over 20 weeks to receive your refund so you’ll want to make sure that they haven’t been trying to reach you for additional information on your tax return.

  19. kelly says:

    I filed in NJ electronically on the 18th of April – it is now July 19 and still no state refund! Status says “your tax return has been process; your refund has not yet been approved”. What are they waiting for? Every number I Try to call, I get “due to high call volume we cannot take your call”. Is there any way to get a live person at the Division of Taxation?? It is ridiculous!

    • admin says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Unfortunately, there was a delay in refunds for NJ (as stated on their website). I would suggest visiting one of their NJ offices if you happen to live nearby to one. Here. you will be provided assistance in person by one of their representatives. You can find a list of their locations HERE. Otherwise, email may be a reliable option. For one, there may be less traffic compared to the phone lines. You’ll also have a paper trail for when you do eventually get in touch with someone.

  20. chad w says:

    I filed my state taxes in mid July 2016 in state of Indiana by mail.Will it take longer to get my refund than if I filed before deadline or will it be quicker due to the fact they have less refunds at that time to process?

    • admin says:

      Hi Chad,

      This will depend more on the complexity of your tax return. It typically takes up to 10 weeks to process an Indiana state tax return that was mailed in as opposed to electronically filing it.

  21. Bell says:

    How long does it take for my check to arrive if its been mailed already ?

    • admin says:

      Hello Bell,

      Each state varies according to the time-frame they take to process and deliver your refund. If you have already mailed your state return to your state department of revenue, we advise you to go to your state authority website to track your refund. You may refer back to the blog to locate your state department of revenue link and click on the “Refund Status” tool to check the status of your refund.

  22. Janna Ford says:

    Is it possible to get your state refund if the Federal IRS audit your return?

    • admin says:

      Hello Janna,

      It is possible to receive your state refund. However, if you are amending your federal return and your state department of revenue determines that it affects your state return, they can request for you to amend your state return to reflect these changes.

  23. Candace Johnson says:

    Why is my state refund being sent by mail when i choose direct deposit… How long will i have to wait for the check

    • admin says:

      Hello Candace,

      Prior year tax refunds are issued by check. Each state varies in the time-frame of when checks are delivered. We advise you to go to your state department of revenue website to track the status of your refund if it is a current year tax return. If it is a prior tax year, you will be required to contact your state department of revenue directly. You may refer back to this blog to locate your state link listed.

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  26. marcia frey says:

    I am wondering why I have not received my iowa taxes I was told I would have it 21 days after iowa received it electronic

    • admin says:

      You will need to check with Iowa State offices to ensure that they need additional time to process your return. If it is confirmed that they have set your return to be reviewed, you will need to wait patiently until they have finished processing your return.

  27. Fan says:

    I e-filed my NJ state tax before April 18th, 2017, and still waiting for the refund on July 14th. My accountant called them and get no answer of why it is delayed. Their tracking website says that my “refund is approved of $0.0”, I still don’t know whether it is approved or rejected. This is very frustrated, anything I can do except waiting forever?

    • admin says:

      It is best to contact a representative from your State authority department to obtain the updated status of your return.

  28. Siriniti says:

    I filed my NC state taxes in Jan of this year and I still have not received my taxes back yet. Im not sure what I can do to find out why this is going on. is there a reason for this?

  29. Tomikia B says:

    I looked my state up and it’s saying your state refund was processed but they won’t issue it out until I get my federal first

    • admin says:


      Be sure to file a Federal tax return to the IRS and once you get your refund you can wait for your state refund or contact the state to inform them.

  30. SJ says:

    if my dc state taxes say processed on January 29 2018 then how long does it take to direct deposit it

  31. Judy says:

    State of Iowa issued my refund how long before they deposit it into account

  32. Kathryn D Beshears says:

    I filed by mail Feb 24 and it says no information. Can you tell me when i can expect my refund in Missouri?

    • admin says:

      If this pertains to your 2017 tax return for the State of Missouri, it would be best to use their Where’s my refund tool on their website. Otherwise, you will need to contact them during their office hours to retrieve additional information.

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