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Income Tax Return Refund Status – Federal and State (Updated for 2013)

(Updated on Feb 2014 for 2013 Tax year)

Inspite of the income tax filing delay, a lot of people who don’t usually itemize have filed their taxes and anxiously waiting for their refund. You can easily check your federal and state income tax return refund status. I have compiled the information on how to check the refund status with IRS for federal returns and each state’s department of revenue for your state return.  You will need a few pieces of information in hand to check the status

  • Your Social Security Number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)
  • Your Filing Status
  • The exact whole dollar amount of your refund

Federal Income tax return refund status

You can generally get information about your refund 72 hours after IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return. If you filed a paper return you will have to wait for 3 to 4 weeks for the information to be updated online. With all the free e-file options, all the more reason to e-file this year. After the waiting period you can check your tax refund status either using the IRS online tool “Where’s my refund?” or by calling (800) 829-4477 (this service is automated, so you can use it 24/7).

IRS is keeping up with the technology and there is an app for it too. You can download the android app or iphone app and check your refund status using the IRS2Go apps. The apps look neat, they also include an option to get tax tips delivered to your phone.

Where is my refund (state & federal)

State tax return refund status

What about my state tax refund?  You can find that out too! Every state that levies personal income tax, has either online tools and/or phone hotlines to provide up to date information on the status of your refund. The information required by each of them is slightly different, but at the minimum you will be asked to provide the same information as the federal tax status check.

State Online Tax Refund Status Phone number to check the tax status
AL Alabama Dept. of Revenue 800-558-3912
AK Alaska has no state income tax
AZ Arizona Dept. of Revenue 602-255-3381 or 800-352-4090
AR Arkansas Dept. of Finance and Admin. 501-682-0200 or 800-438-1992
CA California Franchise Tax Board 800-852-5711
CO Colorado Dept. of Revenue 303-238-3278
CT Connecticut Dept. of Revenue 860-297-5962
DE Delaware Dept. of Revenue 302-577-8784
FL Florida Dept. of Revenue (sales tax, use tax, etc.) 850-488-8937
GA Georgia Dept. of Revenue 877-423-6711
HI Hawaii Dept. of Taxation 808-587-4242
ID Idaho Tax Commission 208-334-7660
IL Illinois Dept. of Revenue 800-732-8866
IN Indiana Dept. of Revenue 317-232-2240
IA Iowa Dept. of Revenue 515-281-4966
KS Kansas Dept. of Revenue 800-894-0318
KY Kentucky Dept. of Revenue 502-564-1600
LA Louisiana Dept. of Revenue 225-219-0102
ME Maine Revenue Services 207-626-8475
MD Maryland Comptroller 800-218-8160
MA Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue 800-392-6089
MI Michigan Dept. of Treasury 517-373-3200
MN Minnesota Revenue 651-296-3781
MS Mississippi Tax Commission 601-923-7801
MO Missouri Dept. of Revenue 573-526-8299
MT Montana Dept. of Revenue 866-859-2254
NE Nebraska Dept. of Revenue 800-742-7474
NV Nevada has no state income tax
NH New Hampshire has no state income tax
NJ There is no option to check online 800-323-4400 (within NJ, NY, PA, DE, and MD) or 609-826-4400 (anywhere)
NM New Mexico Taxation and Revenue 505-476-3778
NY New York Dept. of Taxation and Finance 518-457-5149
NC North Carolina Dept. of Revenue 877-252-4052
ND Office of State Tax Commissioner 701-328-2770
OH Ohio Dept. of Taxation Services 800-282-1780
OK There is no option to check online 405-521-3160 or 800-522-8165 (in-state toll free)
OR Oregon Dept. of Revenue 503-378-4988
PA Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue Services 717-787-8201
RI Rhode Island Division of Taxation 401-574-8941
SC South Carolina Dept. of Revenue There are 6 locations to assist.
SD South Dakota has no state income tax
TN Tennessee has no state income tax
TX Texas has no state income tax
UT Utah Tax Commission 801-297-2200
VT Vermont Dept. of Taxes 802-828-0145
VA Virginia Dept. of Taxation 804-367-2486
WA Washington has no personal income tax
WV West Virginia Dept. of Revenue 304-558-3333
WI Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue 866-947-7363
WY Wyoming has no state income tax

[Canadians can check their tax refund status here – Online ]

If you receive a refund every year, you might want to adjust your withholding (Form W4) to have less taxes withheld from your paycheck, an increase in cash flow. If you think of your tax refund as a forced saving, you might want to consider opening a savings account and directing all the extra cash you get by adjusting your withholding into it. The choice of how to spend your tax refund, whether you are getting a few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars, is endless. Explore your options, make a plan and spend it wisely! Have you filed already? Are you in the “very-happy-with-my-large-refund” camp or “never-give-an-interest-free-loan-to-uncle-sam” camp :) ?

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