Where's My Refund?

You get a tax refund when you pay more taxes than you owe.

An income tax refund is the result of too much tax withholding (estimated tax payments) by a taxpayer throughout a tax year.

Tax refund processing times vary and depend on the accuracy of the original return, but you'll get your refund more quickly if you file your return electronically. Most refunds are issued within 21 days of the return being received. However, the process may take up to 90 days.

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How Do I Track My Tax Refund?

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    File Your Tax Return

    You can file your tax return electronically online or by mail. Please visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website to learn more about how to file a tax return.

    Make sure your banking information and mailing address are accurate on your tax return before you submit it to the Georgia Department of Revenue. Your tax refund will be either electronically deposited into your bank account or mailed to you as a paper check. Inaccurate information can cause serious delays in receiving your refund.

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    Log into the Georgia Tax Center

    Log into the Department of Revenue’s Georgia Tax Center; if you don’t already have an account, you’ll need the following to create one:

    • Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
    • Federal Adjusted Gross Income (Federal AGI) – your Federal AGI from the most recent return filed in the state of Georgia
    • A valid email address
    • Note: When creating your individual account, select "Individual Income Tax” as your account type
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    Track Your Tax Refund

    Once you’re logged into the Department of Revenue’s Georgia Tax Center, follow the instructions provided to check the status of your refund.

    Sign up to receive electronic notifications if you’d like to be notified when your return is filed and when your refund is issued.

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    Receive Your Tax Refund

    Most tax filers should expect to receive their refund electronically deposited into their bank account, unless otherwise noted on their returns. If you’re a first-time filer or have not filed in 5 or more years, you may receive a paper refund check in the mail.


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This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please contact the related agency.