Check Tax Refund Status Anytime

Phoenix, AZ—Now that you have filed your Arizona individual income tax return, you can check your state refund status online at and see where the refund is in the process. You’ll need to provide your Social Security number, filing status, zip code, and tax year.

If you e-filed, you will receive an acknowledgement email within 48 hours of submission from the software program you have chosen. You can start tracking your refund about three business days after the receipt notice is received.

If you filed a paper return, plan to wait four weeks to start tracking your refund. That gives the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) time to open the mail, sort, and digitally scan the return into our system. The data must still be manually entered, verified, and checked for accuracy for the return to be considered processed.

Typical Refund Process Timeframes

ADOR is dedicated to continuously improving our fraud prevention program and verifying information in our system. All returns go through fraud-detection reviews and accuracy checks before ADOR issues any refunds.

E-filers: Anticipate your tax refund to process in a couple weeks after receiving an acknowledgment that the Department has your return.

Paper filers: Allow a minimum of 10 weeks from date filed to process the return.  

Refund Exceptions

For refunds by direct deposit, you can check your bank account after two business days from your refund approval date. 

Taxpayers are ultimately responsible for entering the correct account and routing number, and because of this, if the refund is delivered to the wrong account, the receiving account must return the funds before a new refund can be delivered. Additionally, keep in mind that when your bank processes the refund determines when you will see the deposit in your account. Please contact your bank directly to check on the processing time of the refund before calling ADOR. 

If you used a tax preparation service and selected them to receive the money, their deposit service will send you the funds, delaying the final deposit date. 

Refunds by paper check are mailed in approximately three to five business days after approval, and delivery times vary depending on USPS. You can check your mailbox after 5-6 business days. 

The Department of Revenue will always try to process a refund in the method requested by a taxpayer. There are times however, when the agency will need to process a refund in the form of a paper check.

More Information

If you receive a notice requesting for more information, your tax refund will be delayed until ADOR gathers the requested information. Then, it will take about six more weeks to finish the process.

To learn more about how to check your refund status, check out the “Where’s My Refund?“ resource on our webpage,