Where’s My Refund? What Pennsylvania Taxpayers Need To Know

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As the April 18 tax deadline nears and state returns are filed, many Pennsylvania taxpayers will likely be — or are already — wondering how long it’ll take to get their refunds this year.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is the authority to check on that. This agency’s online platform lets Keystone State taxpayers look into the status of their Pennsylvania tax refunds.

Here are answers to some of the most vital questions that many Pennsylvania taxpayers have when it comes to state tax refunds.

How Can I Check the Status of My Pennsylvania Tax Refund?

Anyone who pays Keystone State taxes can find their refund information by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s website and logging in to the agency’s myPATH portal, which requires registration. Those who don’t want to create an online account can simply click on the “Where’s My Refund?” link on the agency’s website, which allows users to search as far back as 2018.

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The “Where’s My Refund?” link is the quickest way to check the status of a refund. All a user needs to do is select the year they want to look into and provide the expected refund amount along with their Social Security number.

When Can I Expect To Receive My Pennsylvania State Refund?

In Pennsylvania, refunds are typically distributed three to four weeks after a tax return is reviewed and processed. That review and processing period has its own wait time, too.

Electronic returns typically take one to three days to post to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s online portal. The review and processing time, though, can take up to four weeks — possibly longer than that if information needs to be verified or additional details are needed. 

It takes about eight to 10 weeks for a paper return that’s mailed to the Pennsylvania revenue department to post to the agency’s online portal. Paper filings are also subject to a four-week review and processing period. Similar to electronic filings, that review and processing period may be longer if details are missing or information needs to be verified.

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What Could Delay My State Refund?

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue thoroughly and securely reviews every state tax return to ensure accuracy. The measures this state agency takes to accomplish this can slow down refund processing times, especially during peak season. 

Other variables can prolong the return filing process, too, delaying refunds. These variables surface whenever the state revenue department: 

  • Has to verify details reported on a return
  • Finds mathematical mistakes in a tax return or needs to make other adjustments
  • Encounters multiple tax form filings
  • Spots missing or incomplete information while reviewing a tax return


A Pennsylvania taxpayer typically has to wait three to four weeks after their state tax return is reviewed and processed by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to have their refund direct deposited or mailed. They can quickly keep tabs on the status of their refund by clicking the “Where’s My Refund?” link on the state revenue department’s website and then selecting the tax year they want to look into, and providing the expected refund amount as well as their Social Security number.

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About the Author

Moubin Ghafoory is a freelance content writer who formerly worked for a prominent digital marketing firm. Writing is his profession and his passion, and in his off time, he studies and practices writing fiction. He lives in Northern Virginia and drinks coffee by the gallon.

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