Tax returns filed with the state by mail generally take about eight weeks to receive refunds, while returns sent in electronically take about three weeks. The refund disbursement time frame is different in each state, and other circumstances, such as volume of returns being processed, may hold up state tax refunds.
Depending on the state where an income tax return was filed, taxpayers can generally check the status of their refunds by phone or online. State taxing authorities are usually able to let a taxpayer know the status of her refund and can give general updates as to whether or not refunds are on schedule for that particular year. Most state taxing authorities need to know certain confidential data regarding a state tax refund, such as the taxpayer's Social Security number, the filing status and the exact amount of the anticipated tax refund. If the taxpayer cannot prove her identity, status updates regarding refunds may not be disclosed.
Taxpayers whose returns are sent through the mail may have to wait longer to learn about the status of their state tax refunds. If a taxpayer feels she has waited a reasonable amount of time for her refund to be processed with no refund forthcoming, the IRS advises that she should call her state taxing authority.