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Receive Your Tax Refund Faster and Check Your Refund Status Online

Combining e-file and direct deposit is the easiest, fastest way to get your refund

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For media inquiries only, contact: Ryan Cleveland, 518-457-7377

Ahead of the April 15 income tax filing deadline, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded taxpayers of the fastest and easiest ways to file their tax returns, check their refund status, and receive their money as quickly as possible.

“Combining electronic filing and direct deposit is the most secure and efficient way to submit your tax return and receive any refund due,” said New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Amanda Hiller. “Meet your tax obligations in the easiest way possible by taking advantage of convenient, secure, and free resources available 24/7 on the Tax Department website at” 

Many New Yorkers qualify to e-file their state and federal taxes for free with the Direct File and Free File programs:

Direct File

New York State and the IRS have developed a new program that allows eligible New Yorkers to e-file their federal and state personal income tax returns for free. The Direct File pilot program is currently open to New Yorkers reporting certain types of income and claiming certain credits and adjustments.

Free File

Taxpayers may also be eligible to use Free File software to e-file their federal and state income tax returns—at no cost. Free File provides free tax preparation software options to eligible New Yorkers through the Tax Department’s Free File web page at

To avoid fees, carefully review eligibility criteria for each software provider and access the Free File software directly from the Tax Department’s website: (search: Free File).

If you do not qualify to use one of New York’s Free File software providers, you still have choices. See Other e-file options on the Tax Department website to learn more. 

Choose Direct Deposit

You’ll receive your refund faster if it’s directly deposited into your bank account rather than mailed as a paper check.

To use direct deposit, simply enter your bank’s nine-digit routing number and your account number on the return you’re filing. For checking accounts, this information is available on your checks; for savings accounts, contact your bank or review your other bank records. If you use an online banking application, you should find the information you need in your mobile banking app.

Quickly check your refund status

After submitting a completed return, taxpayers can quickly view the status of their New York State tax refund anytime by using the Check your Refund application on the Tax Department website: (search: refund). Spanish-speaking taxpayers: Call us at 518-457-5149 and press 2 to request your refund status in Spanish.

It’s the fastest and most convenient way to know when to expect your refund and provides the same information available to our phone representatives—only without the wait!

You can also obtain updates about the status of your refund by logging in to your Online Services account. An Online Services account allows you to request electronic communications for bills and related notices and other notifications. To do this, simply:

  • Log in to (or create) your Individual Online Services account.
  • Select your name in the upper right-hand corner of your Account Summary homepage.
  • Select Preferences from the drop-down menu,
  • Under Electronic notification options, choose the types of electronic communications you want to receive notifications for.