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When will I get my state income tax refund?

By Louis DeNicola

Looking forward to getting a state income tax refund this year? You might need to wait longer than usual to get both your federal and state refunds, thanks to a new tax law and some additional anti-fraud measures. However, how you file your tax return could also impact how long you'll have to wait.

Generally, returns that are filed online (e-filed) are processed faster than paper returns, and getting a refund via direct deposit is quicker than waiting for a check to arrive in the mail. Filing your tax return earlier in the tax season could also help. Some states process returns and issue refunds on a first-come, first-served basis, and tax departments can sometimes get backed up with the surge of returns that arrive near the filing deadline.

Below, we break down how long each state expects it will take to process a return and/or issue a refund, assuming you file a complete and accurate return. Your refund could be delayed if the state requires additional documentation or has a question about your return.

We've also included a link to the website of the department or office that manages taxes for each state and a link to the page where you can check the status of your state refund (if applicable).

Alabama

  • During the 2016 tax-filing season, Alabama expected tax filers to receive a refund within eight to 12 weeks from the date their returns were accepted, provided they did not owe any taxes for prior years or other state agencies.

Alabama Department of Revenue

Check your Alabama state refund status


Alaska

  • Alaska doesn't have a state individual income tax or filing requirement.

Alaska Department of Revenue


Arizona

  • Electronic returns can take two to six weeks to process.
  • Paper returns can take up to 12 weeks to process.
  • It can take up to seven days after processing for your refund check to be mailed or direct deposited.

Arizona Department of Revenue

Check your Arizona state refund status


Arkansas

  • Your refund will generally be issued within 10 business days if you e-file.
  • If you file a paper return, it could take up to 10 weeks from the date of mailing to process and send your refund.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

Check your Arkansas state refund status


California

  • It can take up to 2 weeks to receive a refund if you e-file your return.
  • It can take up to three months to receive your refund if you mail your return.
  • If the state needs to do an extra review of your return, it could take up to two months to process an e-filed return and up to four months to process a paper return.

California Franchise Tax Board

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Colorado

  • Enhanced fraud-prevention measures could delay some Colorado state taxpayers' refunds by up to 60 days.
  • Another fraud-prevention measure means you could receive your refund as a check even if you requested a direct deposit.

Colorado Department of Revenue

Check your Colorado state refund status


Connecticut

  • You may receive a refund within four business days if you e-file a return.
  • It can take up to 12 weeks to process paper returns. You won't be able to track the status of your refund until it's been processed.

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services

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Delaware

  • Refunds are typically issued within two weeks to taxpayers who e-file.
  • It could take more than seven weeks for a refund to be issued if you file by mail.

Delaware Division of Revenue

Check your Delaware state refund status


Florida

  • Florida doesn't have a state individual income tax.

Florida Department of Revenue


Georgia

  • Georgia will hold all income tax returns until Feb. 1, 2017.
  • It could take up to 90 business days to process returns.
  • If this is your first time filing a Georgia state tax return, or your first time in five or more years, the state will send a paper check if you're owed a refund.

Georgia Department of Revenue

Check your Georgia state refund status


Hawaii

  • The Hawaii Department of Taxation recommends checking your refund status 16 weeks after you mail or e-file your tax return.

Hawaii Department of Taxation

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Idaho

  • If you e-file your return, you'll generally get your refund about seven to eight weeks after receiving the filing acknowledgment from the state.
  • It can take 10 to 11 weeks to process your refund if you file a paper return.
  • If you're a first-time Idaho income tax filer, it can take an additional three weeks to receive your refund because the state needs to enter your information into its system. You'll get a "not entered in system" response from the "check your refund status" tool during that time.

Idaho State Tax Commission

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Illinois

  • Because Illinois is taking additional steps to protect taxpayers from identity theft and fraud, refunds may take longer to process in 2017 than in previous years.
  • It can take up to two business days after the refund is released for you to receive your refund via direct deposit.
  • It can take up to 10 business days after the refund is released for you to receive your refund in the mail.

Illinois Department of Revenue

Check your Illinois state refund status


Indiana

  • The Indiana Department of Revenue recommends allowing three weeks if you filed electronically and 10 weeks if you filed via paper before checking your refund status.

Indiana Department of Revenue

Check your Indiana state refund status


Iowa

  • E-filed returns are usually processed within 14 days.
  • For 2017, Iowa is aiming to process 85 percent of paper returns in 60 days. In past years, 92 to 98 percent of paper returns were processed within 60 days.

Iowa Department of Revenue

Check your Iowa state refund status


Kansas

  • It normally takes the state 16 weeks to process a paper tax return.
  • Direct deposit refunds from e-filed returns typically take seven to 14 days to process.

Kansas Department of Revenue

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Kentucky

  • The first day Kentucky issued refunds was February 15th.
  • E-filed returns are usually processed within two to three weeks, as long as the taxpayer requests direct deposit. Allow for additional time for paper check requests.
  • Paper returns are usually processed within eight to 12 weeks.

Kentucky Department of Revenue

Check your Kentucky state refund status


Louisiana

  • Due to tax fraud-prevention measures, e-filed returns could take up to 60 days to process.
  • Paper returns are expected to be processed within 12 to 14 weeks.
  • If your return is randomly selected for additional review, it could take up to 16 weeks to process.

Louisiana Department of Revenue

Check your Louisiana state refund status


Maine

  • You'll generally receive your refund within 14 business days of your e-filed or paper tax return being accepted.

Maine Revenue Services

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Maryland

  • Maryland usually processes e-filed returns the same day that the return is transmitted. If you choose direct deposit, they will transfer your refund to your bank account within a few days from the date your return is processed and accepted.
  • It could take up to 30 days for paper returns to be processed.

Spotlight on Maryland Taxes

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Massachusetts

  • If you e-file, you could get your refund direct deposited within four to six weeks with direct deposit.
  • If you file a paper return, you could get your refund direct deposited within eight to 10 weeks with direct deposit.
  • If you request a paper check, allow an additional week to receive your refund.

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Check your Massachusetts refund status


Michigan

  • It can take up to 14 days for the state to get an e-filed return into its system.
  • It can take six to eight weeks for the state to get a paper-filed return into its system.
  • Once a return is in the system, you can check the status of your return using the link below.

Michigan Department of Treasury

Check your Michigan state refund status


Minnesota

  • Your tax refund will be issued once your return is reviewed for accuracy. Last year, that took longer than many tax filers expected.
  • You may be able to check the status of your return using the link below, but wait at least 72 hours before checking an e-filed return and six weeks before checking a mailed return.

Minnesota Department of Revenue

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Mississippi

  • Refunds are often mailed within 10 weeks of the state receiving a completed return.

Mississippi Department of Revenue

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Missouri

  • Although Missouri officials have not provided an estimated turn-around time for refunds in 2017, last year, taxpayers were advised it could take eight to 10 weeks to process returns and issue refunds.

Missouri Department of Revenue

Check your Missouri state refund status

 

Montana

  • You'll usually receive your refund (or hear from the department) within four weeks if you file electronically.
  • You'll usually receive your refund (or hear from the department) within eight weeks if you file by mail.

Montana Department of Revenue

Check your Montana state refund status


Nebraska

  • It can take up to three months to process a paper return and issue a refund.
  • You should wait at least six weeks before checking the status of a mailed return, and at least three days before checking the status of your e-filed return.

Nebraska Department of Revenue

Check your Nebraska state refund status


Nevada

  • Nevada does not have a state individual or corporate income tax.

Nevada Department of Taxation


New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire does not have a state individual income tax, but residents have to pay a flat 5 percent tax on dividends and interest income.

New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration


New Jersey

  • It can take at least four weeks for the state to process an e-filed return.
  • It can take at least 12 weeks for the state to process a paper return.

New Jersey Department of the Treasury

Check your New Jersey state refund status


New Mexico

  • E-filed returns are generally processed within six to eight weeks.
  • Paper returns are generally processed in eight to 12 weeks.

New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue

Check your New Mexico state refund status


New York

  • You'll generally get your refund six to eight weeks after the state receives your income tax return, unless there's an issue with the return.

New York Department of Taxation and Finance

Check your New York state refund status


North Carolina

  • It can take up to eight weeks to receive a refund if you e-file your return.
  • It might take up to 12 weeks to receive your refund if you file a paper return.

North Carolina Department of Revenue

Check your North Caroline state refund status


North Dakota

  • North Dakota has not released an estimated turn-around time for 2016 returns, but the average 2015 refund was processed in 27 days for paper returns and 10 days for e-filed returns. It may take longer to receive your refund than in past years because of additional security checks.

North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner

Check your North Dakota state refund status


Ohio

  • If you e-file a return it could take about 15 business days to receive a direct deposit or up to 30 days for a check to be mailed.
  • You may be required to take an identity confirmation quiz. If you are, you could receive a letter with a reference number and authorization code asking you to complete the quiz online within 30 days. The quiz has four multiple choice questions, and you must answer three correctly. It could take up to three weeks to receive your refund once you complete it.

Ohio Department of Taxation

Check your Ohio state refund status


Oklahoma

  • If you e-file, you should get your refund within two weeks (or in days if you choose direct deposit).
  • Refunds must be electronic. You can either provide direct deposit information or receive a debit card.

Oklahoma Tax Commission

Check your Oklahoma state refund status

 

Oregon

  • Will not issue any refunds until after Feb. 15, 2017.
  • If you file electronically, your refund will generally be issued within seven to 10 days (starting Feb. 15). However, it could take longer if you claim the Working Family Child Care Credit.

Oregon Department of Revenue

Check your Oregon state refund status


Pennsylvania

  • E-filed returns take about four weeks to process.
  • Paper returns take about eight to 10 weeks to process.
  • It can take an additional three to four weeks to issue a refund.

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

Check your Pennsylvania state refund status


Rhode Island

  • It should take 15 to 20 business days for you to receive your refund if you filed electronically.
  • If you filed a paper return, you should get your refund within five to seven weeks.

Rhode Island Department of Revenue

Check your Rhode Island state refund status


South Carolina

  • Taxpayers generally receive refunds by direct deposit, debit card, or paper check within three weeks of transmitting an e-filed return.
  • The South Carolina Department of Revenue recommends waiting at least five weeks for your refund to arrive before contacting their office.
  • You can request your refund be issued on a prepaid debit card.

South Carolina Department of Revenue

Check your South Carolina state refund status


South Dakota

  • South Dakota does not have a state individual income tax.

South Dakota Department of Revenue


Tennessee

  • Tennessee does not have a state income tax, but for tax year 2016, residents have to pay a 5 percent “Hall income tax” on dividends and interest income from investments.

Tennessee Department of Revenue


Texas

  • Texas does not have a state individual income tax.

Texas Department of Revenue


Utah

  • You should receive your refund within 60 days if you e-file.
  • You should receive your refund within 90 days if you file by paper.
  • Your refund could be held until at least March 1 if the state can't match your W-2s with those reported by employers.

Utah Tax Commission

Check your Utah state refund status


Vermont

  • Vermont began processing returns during the first week of February.
  • If you e-file, it could take six to eight week to process and issue a refund.
  • If you file a paper return, it could take eight to 10 weeks to process and issue a refund.

Vermont Department of Taxes

Check your Vermont state refund status

 

Virginia

  • It can generally take up to four weeks to process an e-filed return.
  • It can take up to eight weeks to process a paper return. If you mailed your return using Certified Mail the process could take an additional three weeks.

Virginia Department of Taxation

Check your Virginia state refund status


Washington

  • Washington does not have a state individual income tax.

Washington Department of Revenue


West Virginia

  • The West Virginia Tax Department says that you can expect your refund to be delayed significantly, and that you should only call to ask about your refund if it's been more than eight weeks since you filed your return.

West Virginia Tax Department

Check your West Virginia state refund status


Wisconsin

  • E-filed returns can take up to 12 weeks to process.

Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Check your Wisconsin state refund status


Wyoming

  • Wyoming does not have a state individual or corporate income tax.

Wyoming Department of Revenue

 

About the Author: Louis DeNicola is a personal finance writer and educator. In addition to being a contributing writer at Credit Karma, you can find his work on MSN Money, Cheapism, Business Insider and Daily Finance. When he's not revising his budget spreadsheet or looking for the latest and greatest rewards credit card, you might spot Louis at the rock climbing gym in Oakland, California.

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