Where’s My State Refund? Track Your Refund in Every State.

By TaxAct

In most U.S. states, you’ll have to file a state tax return. Even though most of us file our taxes every year, it’s easy to be a little confused about them. We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of the top questions about state taxes: what they are, how to file them, how to check their status (you can use our interactive map and browse the table below), and more.

State Income Tax

  • What is state income tax?
    • State income taxes are taxes enforced by each state’s government.
    • They are due every year, usually by April 15th.
  • What states have no income tax?
    • Some states do not have a state individual income tax, so it’s not necessary to file a state tax return. These states include Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • What states do not tax retirement income?
    • Several states do not tax Social Security benefits or pension payments. These include Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • What states have inheritance tax?
    • There are several states with an inheritance tax. These states include Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
  • What states do not have sales tax?
    • There are seven states without a sales tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Alaska is the only state with no state income tax and no state sales tax.

Filing State Taxes

  • Do I have to file state taxes?
    • If you’re not sure if you need to file a tax return, call your tax professional or the IRS (1-800-829-1040).
  • How do I calculate my state tax refund?
    • Use your W-2s from your employers to calculate how much money was taken out of your wages for state taxes.
    • Then find out what tax bracket you’re in.
    • Research and factor in the allowances offered by your state.
    • Then take the amount paid from the state tax bracket you fall under and subtract it from the amount you paid.
    • The remainder is your state tax refund status.
  • How do I file state taxes?
    • You can either fill out your state tax form by hand and mail it in, or file electronically with an e-filing program or online tax preparation software. You can also hire a tax professional to help you file your state tax return.
  • Can my state tax refund be direct deposited?

State Refund Status

  • When will I get my state tax refund?
    • The date you receive your tax refund depends on several factors, including the way in which you filed and when you submitted your return.
    • If you sent a paper tax return through the mail, it will take longer to receive your refund than if you filed electronically.
  • How long does a state refund take?
    • The amount of time it takes to receive your state refund can vary state by state and whether or not you submitted a complete and accurate return.
  • How do I check the status of my state refund?
    • If you filed your return electronically, you can likely check the status of your refund online or by phone.
    • If you sent your return through the mail, you may have to wait longer for a status check. You may also call or email your state’s department of taxation.
    • If you filed your taxes with TaxAct, you can check the status of your return at our E-File Status page.

  • Where’s my amended state refund?
    • Amended state returns can take much longer to receive than amended federal returns.
    • The timeline varies state to state.
  • Why did I not receive a state tax refund?
    • There are several reasons you did not receive your state tax refund including:
      • There was an error
      • You owe past debts
      • You got taken advantage of by a tax scammer
    • Additionally, some states do not have a state individual income tax, so it’s not necessary to file a state tax return. These states include Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • Why is my state refund less than what I filed?
    • There are several reasons why your refund can be less than what you filed.
    • The state tax office may recalculate your form if they notice a problem.
    • State refunds can also be lower if you owe on unpaid taxes, student loans, child support, alimony, etc.
  • Do state and federal refunds come together?
    • No. You will receive your federal and state refunds at separate times.


  • What is a state tax lien?
    • If you do not pay your taxes, the IRS or state can find other means to satisfy tax debts. While both terms fall under the same umbrella, levies and liens have different meanings. A lien is a legal claim against property to secure payment of a tax debt while a levy is the seizure—or garnishment—of property (such as wages, bank accounts, retirement accounts, real estate) to fulfill that debt.
  • Will a state tax lien affect my federal refund?
    • Yes. Any future federal or state income tax refunds due to you can be seized.
  • Who can garnish state tax refunds?
    • State and federal government agencies can garnish your state tax refunds in order to pay down a debt. Individual or private creditors may not take your refund.
  • Can Social Security benefits be garnished for state taxes?
  • Can a hospital take my state refund?
    • While hospitals cannot intercept your state tax refund, they can garnish your wages to pay off medical bills.

State Tax Refund Table

State More Refund Details Phone Support Email / Online Contact Form 2017 State Filing Deadline
Alabama https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-alabama-state-tax-refund/ 1-855-894-7391 4/17/2018
Arizona https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-arizona-state-tax-refund/ (800) 352-4090 4/17/2018
Arkansas https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-arkansas-state-tax-refund/ 877-280-2827
ATAP_Help@dfa.arkansas.gov 4/17/2018
California https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-california-state-tax-refund/ 1-800-852-5711 https://www.ftb.ca.gov/aboutFTB/contact.shtml?WT.mc_id=Global_Utility_Contact 4/17/2018
Colorado https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-colorado-state-tax-refund/ 1-303-238-7378 https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/tax/income-tax-individual-help 4/17/2018
Connecticut https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-connecticut-state-tax-refund/ 1-800-382-9463
drs@po.state.ct.us 4/17/2018
Delaware https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-delaware-state-tax-refund/ 1-302-577-8200
dorsupport@state.de.us 4/30/2018
Georgia https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-georgia-state-tax-refund/ 877-423-6711 https://dor.georgia.gov/contact-us 4/17/2018
Hawaii https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-hawaii-state-tax-refund/ 1-808-587-4242
Idaho https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-idaho-state-tax-refund/ 1-208-364-7389
Illinois https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-illinois-state-tax-refund/ 800 732-8866
217 782-3336
http://www.revenue.state.il.us/AboutIdor/ContactUs.htm 4/17/2018
Indiana https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-indiana-state-tax-refund/ (317) 233-4018 - automated line https://www.in.gov/dor/3392.htm 4/17/2018
Iowa https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-iowa-state-tax-refund/ 1-800-572-3944
https://tax.iowa.gov/contact-us 5/1/2018
Kansas https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-kansas-state-tax-refund/ 1-785-296-6993 kdor_eservices@ks.gov 4/17/2018
Kentucky https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-kentucky-state-tax-refund/ 1-502-564-1600 https://revenue.ky.gov/Get-Help/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx 4/17/2018
Louisiana https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-louisiana-state-tax-refund/ 1-888-829-3071 https://esweb.revenue.louisiana.gov/contactus/default.aspx?who=individual&type=refund 5/15/2018
Maine https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-maine-state-tax-refund/ income.tax@maine.gov 4/17/2018
Maryland https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-maryland-tax-refund/ 1-800-218-8160 (automated) taxhelp@comp.state.md.us 4/17/2018
Massachusetts https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-massachusetts-state-tax-refund/ 1-617-887-MDOR 4/17/2018
Michigan https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-michigan-state-tax-refund/ 1-517-636-4486 4/17/2018
Minnesota https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-minnesota-state-tax-refund/ 1-651-296-4444 individual.incometax@state.mn.us 4/17/2018
Mississippi https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-mississippi-state-tax-refund/ 1-601-923-7801 http://www.dor.ms.gov/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx 4/17/2018
Missouri https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-missouri-state-tax-refund/ 1-573-751-3505 income@dor.mo.gov 4/17/2018
Montana https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-montana-state-tax-refund/ DORCustomerAssistance@mt.gov 4/17/2018
Nebraska https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-nebraska-state-tax-refund/ 1-800-742-7474 http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/mail/ndrmail.html 4/17/2018
New Hampshire https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-new-hampshire-state-tax-refund/ 1-603-230-5000 4/17/2018
New Jersey https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-new-jersey-state-tax-refund/ 1-800-323-4400 https://www.state.nj.us/treas/taxation/contactus_tyttaxa.shtml 4/17/2018
New Mexico https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-new-mexico-state-tax-refund/ 1-866-285-2996 http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/contact-us.aspx 4/17/2018
New York https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-new-york-state-tax-refund/ 1-518-457-5149 4/17/2018
North Carolina https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-north-carolina-state-tax-refund/ 1-877-252-4052 4/17/2018
North Dakota https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-north-dakota-state-tax-refund/ 1-701-328-1242 taxinfo@nd.gov 4/17/2018
Ohio https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-ohio-state-tax-refund/ 1-800-282-1780 https://www.tax.state.oh.us/email/TaxMailWeb/global_emailus.html 4/17/2018
Oklahoma https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-oklahoma-state-tax-refund/ 1-405-521-3160 https://www.ok.gov/triton/contact.php?ac=281&id=257 4/17/2018
Oregon https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-oregon-state-tax-refund/ 1-503-378-4988 questions.dor@oregon.gov 4/17/2018
Pennslyvania https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-pennsylvania-state-tax-refund/ 1-717-787-8201 https://revenue-pa.custhelp.com/ 4/17/2018
Rhode Island https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-rhode-island-state-tax-refund/ 1-401-574-8829 Tax.Assist@tax.ri.gov 4/17/2018
South Carolina https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-south-carolina-state-tax-refund/ 1-803-898-5300 MyDORWAY@dor.sc.gov 4/17/2018
Tennessee https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-tennessee-state-tax-refund/ 1-615-253-0600 4/17/2018
Utah https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-utah-state-tax-refund/ 1-801-297-2200 4/17/2018
Vermont https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-vermont-state-tax-refund/ TAX.myVTaxSupport@vermont.gov 4/17/2018
Virginia https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-virginia-state-tax-refund/ 1-804-367-2486 https://www.individual.tax.virginia.gov/VTOL/IndLogin.seam 5/1/2018
Washington DC https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-washington-dc-tax-refund/ 1-202-727-4829 4/17/2018
West Virginia https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-west-virginia-tax-refund/ 1-304-558-3333 TaxHelp@WV.Gov 4/17/2018
Wisconsin https://blog.taxact.com/wheres-my-wisconsin-state-tax-refund/ 1-866-947-7363 https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/Apps/CheckYourRefund.aspx 4/17/2018

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