Although filing for taxes and returns can be, in a word, taxing, finding out when you’re getting your New York State tax refund doesn’t have to be.
To check the status of your tax refund, simply go to www.tax.ny.gov. Click the “Get Help” tab on the far right of the page and then click the link titled “Check my income tax refund status.” This will be the first option listed.
After punching in the provided series of security codes at the bottom of the page (you may be asked to do this twice), provide your social security number and select the type of form that you filed.
Due to the fact that there are several posing sites on the web that claim to be official, before submitting your social security number or any personal and confidential information of that nature on any website, first make sure the site is secure. The last thing you want after an aggravating tax season is for your most trusted and private information to get into the wrong hands.
But how do you know which sites are safe?
Government websites with URL links ending in “.gov” are safe and official, as well as links beginning with “https” – the “s” stands for secure.
This provides an authentic and reliable place on the web for the 140 million individuals who filed for tax returns this year to check the progress of their returns.
According to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, you’ll generally get your refund in six to eight weeks from the date they received your income tax return.
You may see faster results if you use e-file, which allows your refund to be deposited directly into your bank account.
For more information, visit the department’s tax return information page at http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/file/refund.htm.