why is my state refund so low

I haven't done anything differently from last year and my state refund is way lower than last year.


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Hi mkalb -

You might want to go back through the state section and make sure everything is accurate and all the correct "boxes" are checked.  Make sure to go through to the end.

Changes in a tax liability or refund amount can be for a variety of reasons, including changes to the following:

  • Income
  • Withholding
  • Filing Status
  • Dependents
  • Credits/Deductions

If none of those seem like it would be the reason, then you might want to go back and double check all of your entries. 

If that doesn’t do it, you can try a side-by-side comparison of the previous and current years to see which numbers differ.  Also, keep in mind that come credits for children have age limits.

Also, this link may help

Hope this helps!


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