How to Check the Status of a State Income Tax Refund

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Many Americans eagerly await their income tax refunds, which may be used for a variety of purposes, such as vacations, paying off bills or buying large items. Waiting for your refund can be frustrating. Taxpayers who file electronically and request direct deposit of their refunds can expect to receive their money within a few weeks. Others, who file on paper and are waiting for a check from the government, can expect a much longer wait time before receiving the refund. You can check the status of your state refund to help determine when to expect your money.

Log on to the tax preparation program that you used to file your taxes, such at OLT Online Taxes (see the Resources section). Look for a link to your state to check the status of your refund.

Visit your state's local department of revenue or tax board website (see the References section). Enter all of the information, such as your Social Security number, mailing address, filing status and expected refund, where requested. Many states offer electronic responses, but some have not put this information online.

Call the local tax office or hotline to inquire about your refund. Many states have automated systems that can provide this information. You will need to speak to a live person if your state does not offer it.

Check your bank account if you elected for an electronic refund. These refunds normally are processed within a few weeks and automatically deposited into your account.