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.