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Department of Taxation and Finance

More than 1 Million Tax Returns Filed in First Three Weeks of Tax Season; Combine E-filing and Direct Deposit for Refunds Twice as Fast Check your refund status anytime online or by phone

For Release: Immediate,

For press inquiries only, contact: James Gazzale, 518-457-7377

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today encouraged all New York State taxpayers to have their income tax refunds directly deposited into their bank accounts. It’s the fastest and safest way to receive a tax refund.

“Taxpayers who e-file and choose direct deposit can receive their refund twice as fast as those who file on paper and elect to have a check mailed to their home,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “A paper check can take an extra week or more.” 

Setting up direct deposit is easy. Simply check “direct deposit” on your tax return, and enter your bank’s nine-digit routing number and your account number.

• For checking accounts, this information is available on your checks.
• For savings accounts, contact your bank for this information.

Acting Commissioner Manion also stressed that filing an error-free return will prevent delays in processing and refunds.

“Any error or omission on your return could significantly delay your refund,” she said. “It’s essential to take the time to properly complete the return, double check all entries, and make sure that deductions and credits claimed can be supported.”

Check your refund

Taxpayers can quickly view the status of their NYS tax refund anytime by using the Check your Refund tool on the Tax Department website: It’s the fastest and most convenient way to know when to expect your refund. It provides the same information available to our phone representatives—only without the wait!

You can also find out when your refund will be issued by signing up for Tax Department email alerts. It’s easy and on the Tax Department home page at (select subscribe at the bottom of the page).

Don’t have a computer or smart phone? The Tax Department’s automated refund status phone line is available any time at 518-457-5149.

In addition to refund information, you can also sign up to receive alerts about new publications and guidance, tax law changes, and press releases. For more information, please visit our website’s Email services page.

For more information

• Direct deposit of your income tax refund
• Check your refund