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

  • 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 your 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 any time between a few days and a few months after submitting your return. 

RELATED: Take a look at the states with no income tax:

7 PHOTOS
States with no income tax
See Gallery
States with no income tax

Florida 

No income tax​​​​​​​

Wyoming 

No income tax​​​​​​​

Washington 

No income tax​​​​​​​

Texas

No income tax​​​​​​​

South Dakota

No income tax​​​​​​​

Nevada

No income tax​​​​​​​

Alaska

No income tax​​​​​​​

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

 

A bonus just for you: Click here to claim 30 days of access to Business Insider PRIME

Forty US states and 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 Donald Trump enacted sweeping changes to the US tax code, resulting in many Americans receiving smaller federal refunds than last year's, 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 at least two things: 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 lists 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.

More from Business Insider: 
Financial experts say there's no reason to panic if your tax refund is smaller this year 
It took me under an hour to file my taxes this year thanks to a time-saving strategy that's available to anyone 
Here's how you can file your taxes online for free this year

Sending Kids to College

TurboTax can help you take advantage of tax breaks to ease the financial burden of sending kids to college, including tax credits, tuition deductions, tax-free savings and more.

Read More

Brought to you by TurboTax.com

Summer Tax Tips

Smart tax planning happens all year round. Here are four things you can do this summer to improve your standing when tax time rolls around again.

Read More

Brought to you by TurboTax.com

Federal Tax Credit for Solar Energy

To encourage Americans to use solar power, the EPA and the Department of Energy offer tax credits for solar-powered systems.

Read More

Brought to you by TurboTax.com

Bigger, Better College Tax Credit

The American Opportunity tax credit, which replaced the Hope Scholarship credit in 2009, covers more years of college and offers bigger, better benefits to more taxpaying students or their families. Here's how the American Opportunity tax credit and Lifetime Learning credit, another helpful education tax credit, can help offset the rising cost of attending college.

Read More

Brought to you by TurboTax.com
Read Full Story
Your resource on tax filing
Tax season is here! Check out the Tax Center on AOL Finance for all the tips and tools you need to maximize your return.