Tax Guide

Expect NC tax refunds within 45 days of filing

Posted April 10, 2012

— Expecting a state tax refund this year?

Beth Stevenson, director of public affairs for the North Carolina Department of Revenue, said Tuesday that taxpayers can expect their refunds within 45 days of when they file, as long as there are no errors on the paperwork.

The average refund this year, so far, is $534, Stevenson said.

As of Monday, the revenue department has issued 1.5 million individual refunds for a total of $792 million. Last year at this time, it issued 1.4 million refunds, amounting to $743 million.

One reason why more returns have been processed is because more people are filing electronically, Stevenson said.

Taxpayers who haven't received their refund with 45 days can call the Department of Revenue at 877-252-3052 to check on their status.

Haven't filed your taxes yet? They are due April 17.


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  • Z Man Apr 11, 2012

    We always owe a little and I see no reason to send it in early! The longer I can delay the better, but 4/15 is approaching.

  • csj2 Apr 11, 2012

    This department is awful. Their website is terrible and the people, while some nice, are just not helpful (at least in my experience).

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Apr 11, 2012

    I have learned over the years that one of the pre-requisites for getting a job with the state of NC is that you have to be brain dead.

  • Havetosayit Apr 11, 2012

    NCDOR gets a State audit every year, but they are auditing their financial statements to ensure they are reporting the state's revenues accurately. They probably don't look for the things like how long it takes to process your paper return with multiple attachments.

    The refunds that are processed within 45 days are those that are submitted electronically and are refunded via direct deposit. If you choose to file a paper return or receive your refund via a paper check it will take longer.

  • wakemom Apr 11, 2012

    i filed early feb. just monday it finally said it has been written and i should allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.

  • Lovely Breeze Apr 11, 2012

    As a tax pay this article really upsets me, first of all the NC DOR states that they've done 100,000 more refunds than last year as if that's comforting for the million plus residents who are still waiting on their refund then to add even more insult the 45 day time frame really means nothing since there's no penalty even if they don't meet that expectation. They only have to pay interest if they don't have the refund sent by June. Unbelievable.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 11, 2012

    Feel for anyone who has to deal with those folks. This is another agency that needs a serious Audit by the state.

  • sadie1278 Apr 11, 2012

    Day 71.....and we have yet to be able to get ANYONE on the phone.

  • klcmomof2 Apr 11, 2012

    Sent mine in first weekend in Feb - took them 4 weeks to acknowledge that they received it. Still nothing. It's an election year, they don't want to look like they don't know what they are doing!

  • Gidder Dun Apr 11, 2012

    "Another Bev smoke and mirror trick!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Not even true but nice try blaming her....