Where’s My Refund? What Minnesota Taxpayers Need To Know
For most taxpayers, the deadline for filing 2021 state taxes in Minnesota is April 18, 2022. Residents and businesses may be eager to know when their state tax refunds will arrive. However, knowing exactly when that will happen depends on several aspects that go into filing and processing a tax return.
When Can Minnesotans Expect Their Refund?
The expected refund wait time depends on several factors, including the following:
- How returns are filed — electronically or on paper
- The chosen option for receiving refunds — direct deposit or paper check
- The Minnesota Department of Revenue’s tax return processing, which includes possible requests for more information
Minnesota’s revenue department isn’t specific about expected wait time, stating that it has to verify the information on each return and make sure it sends the correct refund to the right taxpayer.
Why Would a Refund Be Delayed?
Aside from the filing type and the choice on how to receive the refund, other reasons for refund delays include errors on the return and if the return requires further review.
An amended tax return may also cause a refund delay and may be necessary if someone uncovers an error, such as a change in filing status after they’ve initially filed. To amend a state tax return in Minnesota, taxpayers must file Form M1X via U.S. mail within 3 1/2 years of the original return’s due date.
Is There a Way To Track Refunds?
In short, yes. The Minnesota Department of Revenue allows for state refund tracking through its “Where’s My Refund?” system, which is updated each weekday overnight. Minnesota residents and business owners can use this system if they meet the following parameters:
- Their tax return stipulates an expected refund.
- They filed a return within the last 12 months.
- They’re tracking a return for 2018 or later.
- They provide their date of birth.
How Are Refunds Distributed?
The aforementioned ways to receive tax refunds are through direct deposit and via a mailed check.
Direct deposit is the easiest, fastest and most secure way for Minnesota taxpayers to receive their state refunds. In addition, Minnesotans can still opt for direct deposit for their refunds even if they file their taxes by mail.
Setting up direct deposit is as easy as selecting it as the desired refund method on tax preparation software or notifying the tax preparer about the option. Taxpayers just need to input their checking account number and routing number.
This method is self-explanatory, and though it takes longer to receive, some taxpayers may still prefer it. Those whose address has changed after filing returns should inform Minnesota’s Department of Revenue as soon as possible. However, if the department has already mailed the refund, taxpayers can notify the U.S. Postal Service to forward the check to their new address.
Good To Know
For 2021 tax returns, Minnesotans who are married and decide to file their tax return jointly may not amend their returns and change their filing status to married filing separately after April 18, 2022.
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- Minnesota Department of Revenue. "Income Tax Due Dates."
- Minnesota Department of Revenue. "Where's My Refund?"
- Minnesota Department of Revenue. "Amending an Income Tax Return."
- Minnesota Department of Revenue. "Direct Deposit."
- Minnesota Department of Revenue. "Refund Information."
- IRS. 2022. "Topic No. 308 Amended Returns."