Idaho State Tax Commission

Refund Info

Track refund progress 24/7

Visit our refund status page to get the most up-to-date information on your 2021 tax return. The refund status graphic tracks a return's progress through four stages.

Respond rapidly for faster refund

All income tax returns go through fraud detection reviews and accuracy checks before we issue any refunds. We might send you letters asking for more information.

Please respond quickly so we can review your information and get your refund to you as soon as possible.

  • Fraud Detection: The Tax Commission uses a variety of methods to validate your identity and tax return to detect and combat tax identity theft. To help protect taxpayer information and keep taxpayer dollars from going to criminals, we might send you:
    • An Identity Verification letter that asks you to take a short online quiz, provide copies of documents to verify your identity, or state that you didn't file a return.
    • A passcode letter that asks you to verify online whether you or someone you authorized filed the tax return we received.
  • Accuracy Checks: We review all individual income tax returns each year for math errors or other errors. We find errors on about 25 percent of the returns. To be sure that your tax return correctly reflects your information and intent we might send you:
    • A Request for Information letter that asks for missing or extra 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 return.

Speed up returns

  • Review the return for accuracy before sending it.
  • Verify that the correct address is on the return.
  • Check for the correct Social Security numbers.
  • Make sure W-2 information is correct when e-filing.
  • Provide a driver's license number when e-filing.
  • Verify banking information when using direct deposit.
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Understand typical refund time frames

  • E-filers: You can expect your refund about seven to eight weeks after you receive an acknowledgment that we have your return.
  • Paper filers: You can expect your refund about 10 to 11 weeks after we receive your return. We must manually enter information from paper returns into our database.
  • First-time filers: It takes about three weeks to enter new filers into our system. Until that time, we'll report your return as "not entered in system." Add those three weeks to the estimates above to determine your refund timeline.
  • If you received a letter from us asking for more information: Your refund will be delayed until we get the requested information. It will then take about six more weeks to finish the process.

More information

Page last updated February 1, 2022. Last full review of page: February 11, 2019.

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.