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There’s nothing like knowing you have a tax refund heading your way.  For many people it’s the only reason to look forward to tax time.  Since most taxpayers are required to file federal and state tax returns, you may be anticipating a refund from both.  If that’s the case, you can check your federal refund status on the IRS website.  However, things work differently on the state side of things.  Here’s what you need to know about state taxes and how to check your refund status.

Do I have to file a state tax return?

It depends on where you live but for most people the answer is yes.  The only places that do not require you to file a state tax return are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.  If you moved during the year or worked in multiple states, you may need to file returns for each state.

How do I file?

You have a few options for filing your state tax return.  You can hire a tax professional, use online tax preparation software like ezTaxReturn.com or prepare your return by hand and mail it in.  ezTaxReturn.com supports full-year tax returns for many states and is the easiest way to get the job done.  Click here for a complete list of the states we support.

When will I get my state tax refund?

Unlike the IRS which issues most refunds within 21 days, there’s no one size fits all rule when it comes to state refunds.  Each state has its own way of doing things.  In some places, you’ll only have to wait a few days to get your money, while others can take months to issue a refund.  The best advice we can give you is to e-file and choose direct deposit to get your cash as quickly as possible.

How do I check my refund status?

Once you have e-filed and your return has been accepted, you can begin tracking your refund online.  Typically, you’ll just need your SSN and refund amount to check your refund status.  However, some states may request additional information such as your filing status, date of birth or zip code.  To make your life easier, we’ve listed links to the “Where’s My Refund?” tool for each state. 

State Refund Status Website How long does it take?
Alabama My Alabama Taxes – MAT 8 – 10 weeks
Arizona Where’s My Refund (aztaxes.gov) Up to 10 days
Arkansas ATAP – Home (arkansas.gov) Up to 21 business days
California Where’s My Refund? | FTB.ca.gov Up to 3 weeks
Colorado Revenue Online – State of Colorado Not specified
Connecticut Taxpayer Service Center – Welcome Individual (ct.gov) Not specified
Delaware Check Refund Status (delaware.gov) Within 8 weeks
Georgia Check my Refund Status | Georgia Department of Revenue 90 days
Hawaii Hawaii Tax Online 9-10 weeks
Idaho Welcome to State Tax Commission (idaho.gov) 7-8 weeks
Illinois Illinois Department of Revenue Not Specified
Indiana DOR: Check the Status of Your Refund (in.gov) Not Specified
Iowa Refund Status – Where’s My Refund (iowa.gov) Not Specified
Kansas Kansas Department of Revenue – Home page (ks.gov) Not Specified
Kentucky Where’s My Refund? – Kentucky Department of Revenue 2-3 weeks
Louisiana LaTAP (louisiana.gov) Up to 45 days
Maine MRS – Refund Status Look Up (maine.gov) Not Specified
Maryland Home Page (marylandtaxes.gov) A few days
Massachusetts MassTaxConnect (state.ma.us) Up to 6 weeks
Michigan eServices Individual Income Tax (michigan.gov) 2 weeks
Minnesota Where’s My Refund? | Minnesota Department of Revenue (state.mn.us) Not Specified
Mississippi Individual Income Tax | DOR (ms.gov) 10 business days
Missouri Obtaining the status of your tax return (mo.gov) Not Specified
Montana Citizen Knowledge Article View – Citizen (servicenowservices.com) Up to 90 days
Nebraska Nebraska Electronic Filing System – Income Tax Refund Status A minimum of 30 days
New Jersey NJ Division of Taxation – Check the Status of Your New Jersey Income Tax Refund (state.nj.us) A minimum of 4 weeks
New Mexico Where Is My Refund? : Individuals (newmexico.gov) 6-8 weeks
New York Check your refund status online 24/7! (ny.gov) Not Specified
North Carolina Refund Inquiry Selection (nc.gov) 3-6 weeks
North Dakota North Dakota Taxpayer Access Point (nd.gov) Not Specified
Ohio Check My Refund Status – Ohio Department of Taxation (state.oh.us) Not Specified
Oklahoma Oklahoma Tax Commission 14-21 days
Oregon Revenue Online (oregon.gov) Not Specified
Pennsylvania Where’s My Refund? – Personal Income Tax e-Services Center (state.pa.us) 8-10 weeks
Rhode Island RI.gov: Taxation Refund Status 10-15 business days
South Carolina Refunds (sc.gov) 6-8 weeks
Utah Where’s My Refund? (utah.gov) 120 days
Vermont Check Your Return or Refund Status | Department of Taxes (vermont.gov) 6-8 weeks
Virginia Individual Online Account (virginia.gov) 1-4 weeks
Washington DC MyTax DC Up to 8 weeks
West Virginia MyTaxes – West Virginia Tax Division (wvtax.gov) Within 21 days
Wisconsin DOR Where’s My Refund – It’s Refund 123 (wi.gov) Less than 12 weeks