John J. Flanagan

May 01, 2012

Taxpayers whose state and/or federal income tax returns indicate that they will receive a tax refund this year can find now out when their refund will arrive.  Both the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have web sites that enable residents to track the status of their income tax refunds via the Internet. 

Taxpayers can utilize the tracking service within 72 hours of filing an electronic tax return or four weeks after filing a paper return and there is no charge to track the status of state or federal income tax refunds.

Before utilizing these taxpayer sites, residents should have a copy of their income tax return on-hand when using the service, as they will be required to enter information such as their social security number, the exact amount of the expected refund, their filing status, and other tax information. 

Click the links below to check the status of your state and federal income tax refunds:

NYS Department of Taxation & Finance Refund Tracking Service (

Internal Revenue Service Refund Tracking Service (