Idaho State Tax Commission

Idaho State Tax Commission

Refund Info

Refund status

Check your refund status online to get the most up-to-date information. This is the same information that our Taxpayer Services representatives can give you on the phone.

Typical refund timeframes

  • E-filers: Expect your refund about 7-8 weeks after the date you receive a filing acknowledgement from the state.
  • Paper filers: Expect your refund about 10-11 weeks after we receive your return. We must manually enter information from paper returns into our database.
Refund Exceptions
  • First-time filers: It takes about 3 weeks to enter new filers into our system. Until that time, our refund updates will report your return as "not entered in system." Add those 3 weeks to the estimates above to determine your refund timeline.
  • Received a letter from us asking for more information: Your refund will be delayed until we get the requested information. Once we get the information, it will take about 6 weeks to review your material and then finish processing your refund.

Refund timeframes are general and don't apply to every refund. It's best not to depend on getting a refund by a certain date, especially when making purchases or paying bills.

Rapid Response = Faster Refund

All income tax returns go through identity theft fraud detection, as well as accuracy checks before we issue any refunds. After you file your return, we may send you letters asking for more information.

If you receive a letter from us, please respond quickly so we can review your information and get your refund to you as soon as possible.

  • Fraud Detection: To detect and combat tax identity theft, the Tax Commission uses a variety of methods to validate your identity and tax return. To help protect your information and keep refunds from going to criminals, we may send you:
    • An Identity Verification letter that asks you to take a short online quiz or provide copies of documents to verify your identity
    • A PIN letter that asks you to verify online whether you or your representative filed the tax return we received
  • Accuracy Checks: We stop about 25% of individual income tax returns each year to resolve mathematical errors or request missing information. We want to be sure that your tax return correctly reflects your information and intent.
    To do this, we may send you:
    • A Request for Information letter that asks for missing or additional information to support data reported on the tax return
    • A Tax Computation Change letter that provides an explanation of changes that were made to the tax return

Tips to help your refund process faster

  1. Be sure to keep a copy of all your tax records. You may need to refer to these documents.
  2. Don't file before you've received all your W-2s or other required information. You can file an amended return to add this missing information, but it can delay your refund by weeks or months.
  3. Take a moment to review your return carefully before sending it. Missing or unclear information can delay the processing of your return by months. Common oversights include:
    • Paper returns
      • Not signing the return. (Both spouses must sign if it's a joint return.)
      • Not including your W-2s.
      • Not including your federal (IRS) return.
      • Math errors or incorrect bank deposit information.
    • Electronic returns
      • Entering information from your W-2s incorrectly.
      • Unclear or incorrect bank deposit information.
  4. E-file the tax return, and use direct deposit to get the fastest possible refund. Also, provide your driver's license or identity card number when you e-file. Although your return won't be rejected if you don't, providing this information will help your return process faster.
  5. If you receive a letter from the Tax Commission asking for information, respond to it quickly so we can review your material and continue processing your return.

File earlier in the year, if that's possible. Your return may process more quickly, and you might beat the criminals filing fraudulent returns.

More information

Page last updated January 10, 2018. Last full review of page: January 26, 2017.

This information is for general guidance only. Tax laws are complex and change regularly. We can't cover every circumstance in our guides. This guidance may not apply to your situation. Please contact us with any questions. We work to provide current and accurate information. But some information could have technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. If there's a conflict between current tax law and this information, current tax law will govern.