How to Check the Status of Your Refund
After you have filed your return, you may look up the status using myVTax, our online filing system. You will need:
- Social Security Number
- Last name
- Zip code
- Exact refund amount
To learn more, see the myVTax Guide: How to Check the Status of a Return or a Refund.
Generally, the Department processes e-filed returns in about 6-8 weeks, while paper returns typically take about 8-12 weeks.
The Department will begin processing returns in February. Returns are held until the Department receives W-2 withholding reports from employers, which are due on Feb. 1. It is important for the Department to have W-2s from employers so that we may verify taxpayer information. This helps us ensure the right amount of tax is paid or refunded and helps us detect fraudulent returns.
What You Can Expect to See
This service will provide the status of your return by displaying one of the following statements:
- We’ve received your return (with date received)
- We’re processing your return
- We’ve requested additional information (with date of request)
- We’ve received your additional information
- We’ve released your refund (with date of release)
Claiming A Vermont Refund
To claim a refund of Vermont withholding or estimated tax payments, you must file a Form IN-111, Vermont Income Tax Return. You have up to three years from the due date of the return, including extensions, to file a claim for overpayment of tax due.
If the information on your return does not match the information available to the Department, your refund may be delayed. The Department may be waiting for information from your employer or the IRS for data verification. If we need additional information from you before issuing your refund, we will contact you in writing with instructions on how to respond either online through myVTax or in writing.
For tips on how to avoid the filing errors which commonly delay refunds, see Where's My Vermont Income Tax Refund?
If you have an unclaimed refund from other tax years, find out how to claim it.
If you chose direct deposit for your refund, you may see your refund a few days after your status has been updated to “We’ve released your refund.” Your financial institution may have additional processing times. If you chose to receive your refund by check, then it may take a few weeks to receive your refund by mail.
Protecting Your Tax Refund
Although we try to process your refund within the timeframes stated above, it may take longer due to our rigorous fraud detection procedures. Each year, the Department detects new schemes to commit tax refund fraud, and our staff works hard to stop criminals from stealing your refund.
The Department employs many review and fraud prevention measures to safeguard taxpayer funds. These measures may result in refund wait times in excess of 10 weeks. We apologize for this inconvenience and are actively working to release these refunds.
What You Can Do to Help Us Stop Fraud
If we suspect fraud is being committed against you, we will send you a letter requesting verification of your identification. Please respond to our letter as soon as possible. The quickest way to respond is to visit myVTax and click “Respond to Correspondence.”
Learn more about identity theft and tax refund fraud, how to detect it, how to avoid it, and how to report it if you believe you are a victim.
I Still Don’t Have My Refund. What Should I Do Next?
If you have waited the maximum number of weeks it should take to process a refund, we encourage you to check the status of your return or refund online one more time before contacting the Department.
Please note that our tax examiners do not have information about the status of your refund beyond what is available to you from our website. Although the Department is always available to answer your questions and concerns, calling us will not speed up the process. If you would still like to contact the Department, you may reach us at:
Phone: (802) 828-2865 or send us an email.
Our staff is working hard to process your return. Our precautions may increase processing time, and we would like to ask for your patience as we strive to provide the protection you have come to expect and deserve.
We appreciate your patience and welcome your feedback in order to help us continue to improve our services.