You can check the status of your refund online or by calling 410-260-7701 from Central Maryland or toll-free 1-800-218-8160. Be sure you have a copy of your return on hand to verify information. You can also e-mail us at taxhelp (at) comp.state.md (dot) us to check on your refund. Remember to include your name, Social Security number and refund amount in your e-mail request.
The likelihood of receiving your state income tax refund quickly usually depends on how and when you file your original tax return. If you choose direct deposit, your refund can be deposited directly into your bank account in about 48 hours after your return is processed.
We usually process and issue refunds from electronically filed tax returns the same day that the return is transmitted to us. If you filed electronically through a professional tax preparer and haven’t received your refund yet, contact your preparer first to make sure that your return was transmitted to us before checking the status of your Maryland refund.
It takes much longer to process a paper return – especially if you waited until the end of the filing season to file when hundreds of thousands of paper returns arrive at our Annapolis headquarters. If you file a paper tax return during the final days of the tax filing season, it may be several weeks before you receive your refund.
Typically, a refund can also be delayed when the return contains:
- Math errors.
- Missing entries in the required sections.
- An amount claimed for estimated taxes paid that doesn’t correspond with the amount we have on file.
In some cases, we may have had trouble mailing a refund to a particular address. Check to see if your refund is in our undeliverable refund file.
Check cashing services
If you plan to use a check cashing service to cash your refund check, remind the cash cashing vendor that we cannot verify any information about your refund over the phone. Your tax information is confidential and we are obligated to protect that confidentiality.
Sales tax refunds
If are seeking a refund for Maryland sales and use taxes that were improperly paid, see Business Tax Refunds.