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On Saturday, December 10 only - Online Applications Unavailable.

From 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 10, we will perform maintenance on our online applications.

The applications will be unavailable during the maintenance.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


What you need

You need the following to check the status of your 2015 California personal income tax refund:

  • Your social security number.
  • Your mailing address. If your address has changed since you filed your return, please update your address online.
  • The refund amount shown on your tax return.
  • A compatible browser and operating system. We recommend that you log out and close your browser when you are done to ensure the highest level of security.

Processing time frames

You will generally receive your state tax refund within:

7-12 business days

If you e-filed your return.

2-3 months

From the date you mailed your return.

While your refund is in process, our call center agents will only be able to tell you whether or not we received your return. You can quickly self check if we have received your return and the status of your refund above.

The refund status tool is updated nightly and provides the most up-to-date information about your refund.

If you have not received your refund within the timeframes listed above, it is likely that we are reviewing your return for one of the reasons below.

California reviews all 18 million income tax returns for accuracy, completeness, and to protect you from identity fraud and to stop questionable refunds from being issued. This may result in your refund taking longer to issue. However, the majority of refunds experience no delay in processing.

Our processing time for these returns is currently:

2 months

If you e-filed your return.

4 months

From the date you mailed your return.

Did you receive a letter requesting additional information?

In some cases, we may send you a letter asking for documentation to support the information claimed on your return. You should respond to this letter as soon as you can, as we review responses in the order they are received. We will review your response and make our determination within 8 weeks of receiving the documentation. If we allow your refund, you will receive interest if 45 days have passed from the due date of the return.

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