Where’s My Alabama State Tax Refund?

Where’s My Alabama State Tax Refund?

Find out how to check the status of your Alabama refund and how long you can expect to wait

Waiting for a tax refund can be one of the most frustrating experiences out there. After all the hard work of preparing taxes, we want our money now – not several weeks or months from now.

The IRS is notorious for delays, but state tax authorities are just as bad, if not worse. Unfortunately Alabama is no exception – delays of several months are not uncommon.

Here’s how to track the status of your tax refund as it wends its way through the state bureaucracy and how long you can expect to wait to get your money.

How to check the status of your refund

You can search for the status of your refund online at the Alabama Department of Revenue website. Just follow this link and then click on the “Where’s My Refund?” link under the individuals section of Taxpayer Services. In order to find your refund you will need to enter your Social Security number and the refund amount you expect to receive.

If you prefer to use the phone, you can call the refund hotline at 1-800-558-3912 to find out the status of your refund. This is an automated system and will not put you into contact with a live human being. You can also try calling 334-242-1099, the number listed for questions about “my Alabama tax,” if you would like to speak to a live agent.

How long does it take?

You should wait at least six weeks after you file to check the status of your refund to make sure the Department of Revenue has had enough time to process your return.

The Department of Revenue says it takes about three months to process a paper return and issue the refund. The time is slightly less for e-filed returns. If it hasn’t been three months since you filed yet, don’t bother to contact the Department of Revenue about your refund. They will just tell you to wait.

How to get your refund faster

Remember, as with federal returns, the fastest way to get your refund is to e-file. Not only does e-filing deliver your return to the Department of Revenue instantly, it also cuts down on processing time once it’s there.

Also try to file your return as early in the season as possible. Processing times tend to be much shorter early in the season before the mad rush of returns near the deadline. Plus, you’ll get your money sooner.

If you still haven’t filed your Alabama state tax return, or you need to file one from a previous year, you can do so right here on RapidTax.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 3:17 pm and is filed under Tax Tips.

32 Responses to “Where’s My Alabama State Tax Refund?”

  1. Jeane Kratoska says:

    I filed my tax return with you today but cannot verify that the e-file was submitted to IRS can you check to make sure it has been submitted to the IRS and let me know status of e-file. Thank you

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Jeane,

      Generally after a customer submits a return to us, it is not immediately e-filed with the IRS. First one of our tax professionals has to process it and check it to make sure everything looks okay. Then we e-file it with the IRS. Generally this process takes about one business day.

      If you have any more questions, you can log back into your account. You should be able to see the status of your return on your status page. Alternately, you can call customer service at 877-289-7580 Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST.

  2. shirley miller says:

    i efiled my alabama taxes and direct deposit So i was charged to do that and now it is saying should receive refund in 8 to 10 weeks when it should be 21 days. can you help?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Shirley,
      Some states can take longer than expected to process state refunds. I would suggest calling the Alabama tax department regarding your tax refund at their number 1-800-322-4106.

  3. Shannon says:

    Hi Shirley, I too am concerned about having to wait 8—10 weeks for my return. Have you received your Alabama tax refund yet?

  4. Zaneta says:

    Me and my husband waiting to get r tax return now for 3 months how much longer do we have to wait ? We e-file .

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Zaneta,
      Have you been waiting for your tax refund for three months? I suggest you contact the IRS. Also, are you sure whoever prepared your return for you has filed your taxes?

      • jay woods says:

        Hello. Was reading some of these posts. I had to mail my tax information in on Feb.11 to get my refund. On March 12 I checked the ‘Alabama my taxes’ site and it said my return is being processed and should get refund in 8-12 weeks. I checked the site today and now it says, ‘your refund was approved on May 15 and should get my refund in 8-10 weeks. Am I going to have to an additional 8 weeks to get my refund? I did opt for direct deposit into my account. Thanks!!

        • Tax Advisor says:

          Hi Jay,
          That doesn’t sound fun…. I would suggest contacting the state of Alabama taxation department directly (by phone), to ask them the status of your return. That way, you can be sure it’s on it’s way to you.

  5. kelly says:

    We e filed and February 24,2014. Still no refund. By the way they said they didn’t receive it until 3/24/2014. Something is fishy. They are required to pay interest after 90 days.

  6. Step says:

    I noticed that return time with e-file is somewhat longer than by mail. Is this a new service and did you not expect people to take advantage of its convenice. This was not a good idea and do not advise others to use.

    Thanks

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Step,
      I’m guessing your speaking about Alabama state returns specifically? Generally, electronically filing a return takes much less time to process than mailing a return. Although, there’s always exceptions. Thanks for the info!

  7. mary says:

    I file my taxApril 6 a have not receive my refund at this time what is going on if I owed taxes you would want your money

  8. Shae says:

    I mailed my Alabama tax on Feb 19 2014 . Feb 25th the site showed my status as processing allow 8-10 weeks ,, Now it is almost the middle of June and still it shows processing ,, how much longer do i have to wait ?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Shae,
      Some states take much longer than others to process refunds. I would suggest contacting Alabama’s taxation department to request a status update on your refund.

  9. Mike says:

    My alabama tax return was first received on April 2, 2014. That was the first time it show received and being processed. That I should receive my refund in 8 to 12 weeks. I checked today and every week after. It still say the same thing. Plus I can put any numbers in the dollar amount and it will say the same thing. Long as my ssn# correct. Wondering if anyone else have received or at least has been processed.

  10. lindsey says:

    Hi I just check the where’s my refund and it told me it was issued on may 28 2014 and I still haven’t received it I am starting to get worried should I be or continue to wait

  11. Jackie says:

    We filed our AL tax return by mail April 15. It is now July 6, and we have heard nothing. As with Mike, above, the website just keeps repeating the same message as “is being processed and you should recieve it 8 to 12 weeks from today”. Says that EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Jackie,

      Since you are not receiving the correct information from the IRS website, I would contact the IRS via telephone. Hopefully an actual representative will be able to assist you and provide you with the correct information for when you will physically receive your refund.

  12. Alice says:

    This is my first year filing Alabama and I filed on March 15. I am getting the same “8 to 12 weeks from today” message. Is this even legitimate that they can hold our returns this long? I agree with the others. If we did not pay when we owe there would definitely be penalities.

  13. Wanda says:

    Me and my husband file electronically with accountant March 27, 2013 and continuously get message on website that is being processed and may take 8 to 10 weeks from date you check website. When I called Revenue, they did not provide any information or reason for delay or when it maybe received.

  14. Donald & Patsy Leach says:

    I would like to know where my refund check is for 2013

  15. James bird says:

    I filled 21 Weeks ago and the website says still processing takes 8 to 12 Weeks I have called and talk to someone they first told me it would be out by July 15 if not they had to pay interest, after that day I called back and the guy said it should be about a month and should receive some interest on it. I efiled and direct deposited, but no one had an answer to where my refund is

  16. Lasandra Patrick says:

    Can anyone tell me why it’s taking so long to receive refunds. I’ve been waiting patiently since April. I desperately need my refund.

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