Typically, you receive your New York state tax refund anywhere from 6-8 weeks from the date received. If you want it faster you can file via e-file and use direct deposit. If there is a problem with your tax return, it could possible take even longer.
Funds un-cashed, stolen, lost or destroyed:
If you never cashed your refund check, you may receive a notice DTF-32. You must cash it immediately. If you don’t have your refund check and received this form, you need to fill out the form completely, sign it and mail it back by the response date noted on the form.
Inaccurate, complicated or missing tax returns take more time to review and can cause a delay of several months.
What to do if your tax refund was denied, and you have the documentation required:
There will be mailing instructions on the adjusted refund document or letter that you need to follow and send the documents that are requested.
Your case will be reopened, if it was closed
Any changes will be made upon review to resolve the case
A separate check will be issued if there is an additional refund
Refund Amounts Adjusted
There could be differences on your New York state tax refund from the amount you claimed on your return if:
There were errors on your tax return.
Debit card or paper check will be adjusted by form DFT-160, Account Adjustment Notice.
A direct deposit will be adjusted within 30 days by the same form, DTF-160, Account Adjustment Notice. To explain any tax return error(s) view Section A, Explanation of adjustment.
Within thirty days they will send a letter with an explanation of what information is needed if you received part of the amount claimed, but more information was needed.
Refunds – Interest Earned
Interest will be paid from the due date or the date you filed (whatever is the later date), if the refund was not made within 45 days
No interest will be paid if the refund was made within 45 days from the date you filed or the due date (whatever is the later date)
Take Note: No interest will be paid on the part of your refund that relates to earned income credit, real property tax credit, college tuition credit, dependent or child care credit, New York City school tax credit, farmer’s school tax credit or if the return can’t be processed.
How to avoid your New York state tax refund to be applied to your spouse’s debts
If you checked married filing jointly, filing status 2 and you don’t want your part of the refund applied to your spouse’s debt because you are not liable, the Non-obligated Spouse Allocation, Form IT-280 must be completed and adhered to the original tax return.
You cannot file an amendment to your return to dispute your part of the return to be used for your spouse’s debt if you did not originally file Form IT-280 with the original return. You will however be notified if any part of your refund was applied to your spouse’s debt and then you have ten days from that date to file the correct form, IT-280.