Each state uses a slightly different system for taxpayers to check the status of their tax refund. In general, however, there are two pieces of information you need to verify your refund. The first important piece of information is your Social Security Number (SSN). If you do not have an SSN, you can use a few different types of IDs in most states. One common type is an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you file a joint return, use the ID number that appears first on the return.
Almost all states also require you to provide the amount of your refund. Most states ask you to round your return to the nearest whole number, but some states, like Vermont, ask for the exact amount of your refund. These two things are enough to verify in some states. Other states may also require your date of birth, the year of filing, your filing status, or your zip code. Go to your state tax access point website to check your individual state tax refund status.
Note that Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming have no state income tax. New Hampshire and Tennessee do not tax ordinary wages and income, but do tax some income from dividends and investments.
If your state collects income taxes, it is possible to check the status of your return online. In some states, you can also get information by calling an automated telephone service. Typically, you will need your Social Security number (or other official ID number) and the amount of your return to check the status of your return.
If you expect a refund, you may have to wait as long as a few months in some states. Taxpayers who file electronic returns and choose direct deposit can expect the fastest turnaround times. Filing a paper return or opting for a paper check will delay your return. How to Check on Your Federal Tax Refund Status The IRS uses a slightly different system for taxpayers to check the status of their federal tax refund. Looking for information on your federal tax refund? Visit our: Where’s My Tax Refund? page.