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After you file

@ AmberNSwoope wrote:

I honestly have not got this resolved. I’m not sure what to do. I never received my state refund back and my taxes was short 170 dollars even after the offset debt I owed was taken. 

Check the amount of your Federal refund by looking at your actual Form 1040, Line 21a.   Then subtract the amount of the offset and the following (if applicable):


Did you have any TurboTax fees that you chose to pay out of the Federal refund?   If so, be sure you are subtracting the fees from the Federal refund, possible sales tax, and the extra service fee of $40 ($45 for California filers) for that payment method.


As for a state refund not yet received, in some states that can take many weeks.  See the following information:


The main determinate is what state.  There are over 40 state tax agencies, each doing its own thing.  Some states are fairly quick with refunds, while other states (such as WV, WI, NC, GA, LA, AL, and others) can take a long time processing returns--even several weeks--as they crack down on detecting fraudulent returns.  You may be able to get an idea about how long it takes in your state from the FAQs at your state's tax agency website as I will mention below.


First, if you efiled, be sure your efiled state return was accepted.  If you used Online TurboTax, you can check by looking in your Online account at the Tax Home. 


Or did you choose to file by mail instead?  TurboTax does not mail it for you.  If you chose that method, you have to print, sign, date, and mail it.


The FAQ below tells how to check on a state refund and has a link for your state.


TIP:   While you're at your state's tax website, also look for a statement or FAQ that may say about how long it takes to get a refund in your state and how to long to wait before phoning the state tax agency.  Many states have such information on their websites.


FAQ:  How do I track my state refund?