Your state tax refund may take longer to hit your bank account than your federal refund - here's how to find out when it's coming

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  • Tax Day is April 15 this year.
  • If you're expecting a federal tax refund, you can check the status on IRS.gov. If you e-file and choose direct deposit, the refund should appear in your account within 21 days.
  • States that tax income also issue refunds, and you can check the status of your refund on your state's government website.
  • Filers typically need two numbers to check the status of a refund: A Social Security number or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and the exact refund amount.

The sooner you file taxes, the sooner you'll get your refund.

While the IRS is pretty quick about processing tax returns and paying out refunds - if you e-file and choose direct deposit, you'll most likely see the money in your account within 21 days - each state handles taxes differently.

Tax return processing times vary among states and refunds can be issued anywhere from a few days after submitting your return to a few months.

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Forty US states, plus Washington DC, impose either a flat or progressive income tax. Residents who have too much money withheld from their paychecks for taxes throughout the year are eligible for a tax refund, as is the case with federal taxes.

Although it's the first tax season since President Trump enacted sweeping changes to the US tax code, resulting in many Americans getting smaller federal refunds than last year, the new tax law doesn't affect state income taxes or refunds.

Read more: Many Americans are freaking out about getting a smaller tax refund this year - here's why it's happening

In order to check the status of your state tax refund, you'll probably need two things at the very least: A Social Security number or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and your exact refund amount. Some states also ask for your date of birth, filing status, ZIP code, and the year of your return.

SmartAsset has a list of how to check your state tax refund status in every state.

Although federal and state tax refunds are issued separately, you can easily file your tax returns at the same time if you file electronically. The IRS Free File Lookup tool can help you find free online tax-filing options.

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