state return before federal?

January 22, 2009 by  
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Taylor B asked:

Do you usually receive your state return before your federal if you efile or do they come together I would assume they come at different times but I received state before federal I did my taxes my self this year wil an e file option and I am supposed to get mt federal by the thirteenth but I dont know if I owe or anything like that, Im pretty confused by the whole thing, and am trying to keep track to make sure it goes as it should

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5 Comments on "state return before federal?"

  1. Kay N on Thu, 22nd Jan 2009 10:56 am 

    I received my state first. The tax acct told me state would come first. I was told they are most likely to be deposited on fridays.

  2. *Alicia* on Sat, 24th Jan 2009 11:14 am 

    Federal and State Tax Returns come around the same time usually. I mean there might be a 2-3 week difference. If you owe, you will know when you fill out your taxes. Go online to the website you filed your federal taxes and see the status. Like for instance, i do my taxes all by myself too, and i filed my federal and i checked my status and it says : Status and underneath it , it says accepted and then theres something right next to it that would say return and underneath it, it will say $ ??? However much you will have coming back. I hope you are not confused with what im saying. Good luck!

  3. bostonianinmo on Sun, 25th Jan 2009 3:58 am 

    You’re dealing with 2 separate tax returns to 2 separate taxing authorities. There’s no way to say which will come first.

    If you filed your Federal return already, how could you not know if you owe anything?

  4. Jessica M on Tue, 27th Jan 2009 1:03 am 

    The truth is if you have outstanding Federal student loans, they may keep your federal refund to pay unpaid balances due. Or if you owe unpaid child support, they may keep it then also.

  5. Rob on Tue, 27th Jan 2009 5:34 pm 

    Consider that you state has fewer returns to process than the Federal Goverment. That is why normally a State refund will show up before a Fed.
    To check the status of your Fed refund call 1-829-1954 or go to Where’s My Refund at

    They are experiencing some update problems so you might want to wait til after 02/12 to use these systems

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