Where’s my refund? California counts on all of us

Check your refund status

You may be able to get a tax refund if you’ve paid too much tax. Use this service to check your refund status.

Golden State Stimulus:

You cannot use our Check refund service to track your Golden State Stimulus payment. This service only allows you to check your income tax refund status. The Golden State Stimulus is not an income tax refund.

Before you start

What you'll need:

  • Social Security number
  • ZIP Code
  • Your exact refund amount
  • Numbers in your mailing address

If your mailing address is 1234 Main Street, the numbers are 1234.

How long it normally takes to receive a refund

  • e-file: Up to 3 weeks
  • Paper: Up to 3 months

Some tax returns need extra review for accuracy, completeness, and to protect taxpayers from fraud and identity theft. Extra processing time may be necessary.

If you received a refund amount different than the amount on your tax return, we’ll mail you a letter. Wait for that letter before you contact us.

Prior year refunds

You must contact us to check the status of a prior year tax refund.