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.
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.