Alabama State Tax Refunds 2010

by Kevin on March 4, 2010

Last year one of my post popular posts was about the state of Alabama’s delay (and then final getting my refund after two months) in getting tax refunds to its citizens.

I’m hoping today’s post isn’t one of the most popular of my posts in 2010. I’d much rather everyone get their tax refunds back in a timely manner.

Yet I filed my taxes on February 18, 2010. My federal and state returns were accepted.

…I’m still waiting.

When Will Alabama Send Tax Refunds?

Last year I had to wait two months to get my return back. I think I was one of the lucky ones. There were several people who left comments on the posts last year saying they had been waiting much longer and still hadn’t received anything.

There is really no telling when Alabama will send out refunds. My federal return was accepted and the system said to allow 5 to 6 weeks to get your refund back. When your state return is accepted you don’t get any kind of target date at all.

That’s comforting.

Tax Refunds and Education Fund

Here’s the main issue with Alabama’s tax refunds. When you check your refund status (more on how to do that below) this is the message you receive:

Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.

So the tax dollars go into the big pool. The education system uses the same pool, so they get first “dibs” on the money to make sure the education system doesn’t shut down.

Your ability to be refunded depends on the flow of taxes coming in across the state. When there is enough money to pay out refunds they get paid out. If there isn’t enough money no refunds get paid out.

Check Your Alabama Tax Refund Status

You can check your Alabama state tax refund status at the Department of Revenue website.
To check your status you will need:

  • Your social security number
  • Which tax form you used and whether you sent the return in via mail or electronically
  • Your filing status (single, married filing joint, etc.)
  • Your refund amount

Are You Waiting on Your Alabama Refund?

I’d like to start gathering comments from other Alabama residents that are waiting on their refunds.

How long have you been waiting? Leave a comment, and we’ll all hope that we all get our refunds faster than last year.


Cat March 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’m in Alabama, and I was shocked to get my refund in about 3 weeks. I submitted right around Feb 1st. Hope you get a pleasant surprise too!

Travis March 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

My return was approved on the 18th as well,, 200-300 ranged return….Still nothing!! lol typical jacked up alabama Government

Jonathan March 4, 2010 at 10:14 am

I filed on 2/15 and have already received my refund also.

TYRUS March 13, 2010 at 11:40 am


Kevin March 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

Well alright! That’s 2 people that filed and have already received returns. That’s encouraging.

Do you two mind giving a range of where your refund was? That is, less than $100, $100-$500, $500-1000, etc.

Jennifer March 4, 2010 at 10:34 am

I moved from Alabama and had to file a partial return. It was “approved” on 2/17 and nothing yet. What’s the betting that mine takes longer as I no longer live or work there???

Evan March 4, 2010 at 10:41 am


Last year when I was waiting for my tax refund I found a link to every state:

Might be helpful to check your status on the Alabama one

Megan March 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Sheesh. I live in one of the most corrupt and bass-ackward states (IL), and I haven’t heard of any issues with refunds.

Kevin March 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

Amazing, isn’t it?

Last year there were reports of Kansas and California sending out “IOUs” to people waiting on refunds. I’ve gotten some emails from other Alabama residents that say that got theirs back in about 4-6 weeks, so hopefully I fit into that window, too.

Crystal March 5, 2010 at 9:58 am

I e-filed on Feb 14th and my Federal Return was excepted Feb 15th and my State was excepted on Feb 17th. I received my Federal on Feb 24th. Here it is March 5th and still no State! I get the same on-line response “Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.” and when I call the 1-800-558-3912 I get “Your refund has been approved and will be refunded in due course of business”. Hello, it’s been 23 days now and I really need my $800. I paid ontime to the state for the past 3 years and now when it’s my turn they keep beating around the bush. If they’d (politicians) would quit worrying about the damn casino and lottery in the state they’d have money to pay individuals their refunds! Here’s a hint, if you legalize gambling that’s extra money to pay individuals their money! <- just my opinion.

dottie March 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

you are so right about the legalized gambling.fl residents dont even pay state..My return was accepted feb 18 and still no refund..

Cindy May 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I agree, I am waiting on my return and it has been accepted via efile since April 15th…

Carrie March 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

E-filed accepted and processed Feb. 17. Refund between $250-500. Still haven’t seen it yet.

Golfing Girl March 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm

We e-filed on Feb. 17th. I have no idea when we’ll get our money because North Carolina has already put the word out that their strategy is to delay refunds because of the deficit. I’m not holding my breath.

Kenya March 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I filed my tax return on January 27,2010 and they were accepted January 28,2010. My range is $200-$300 and it’s March 5th and still no return, this is sad.

Joe March 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I filed on Feb 2nd, was accepted Feb 3rd, still no refund. I am waiting for almost $1800 myself. Last year, I received my refund, close to this amount in about two weeks. I filed my federal for 2010 this year at the same time and received that within about 2 weeks.

So, another one still waiting for their refund…

Glen Hobson March 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

Maybe we should be more concerned about issuing money that is owed to people and not wasting it on gambeling raids

dottie March 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

lol… are so right!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle March 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm

We filed on Feb 20th, both Federal and Alabama. Federal was direct deposited on 3/5/10. All the Alabama web site says is that the return has been processed.

MikeB March 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

E Filed on Feb. 17 Federal and Alabama. Federal was deposited a week later. Alabama web site has approval date of March 3 with same generic (in due course you”ll get it) message . Last year it took until May to get my refund. So far I have been lucky that they didn’t ask for another copy of my 1099 again. For three years running I had to submit a copy of my 1099.

PenPal365 March 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Unfortunatly this year when I tried to file federal someone used my ss# so I expected it to be late (paper filed both Fed/State-AL). Alabama says it was approved 2/17. When I called to inquire I was told “When you get it you get it”…RUDE as always…but is it legal to hold money like this…should we get interest on our money?

mixonph March 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Well I submitted my return on Feb 3rd, and it was approved on the 26th. No direct deposit as of the 9th of March.

Mad As Hell March 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Why is that the state does not have any money to send out our state tax refund in the state of Alabama and we have to wait until April 16 to get our refunds back? When there is something going wrong in other countries we can hurry and send these people what they need but we can’t even HELP the people in our own country to do anything.

GWYN95GT March 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

I completely agree with you! No help for the citizens of our state…..but ample help for the ones that don’t even live in this country! Bull!

John March 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I was approved (filed a week earlier) on 2/22 and am still waiting. Mine was $68.

David March 10, 2010 at 6:13 am

Mine was approved on feb. 17th. today is march 10th, still no refund. It only seems fair that if they cant pay back the money that I basically loaned them, then this year when money gets tight I should be able to tell them that ill pay when I can afford it. Not only did I overpay, I also let the state earn interest on the money that I overpaid. This totally shows the arrogance of government.

dottie March 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

we have to make sure we dont pay in so much to them..quit loaning our money to state..i would rather owe a little than depend on getting a refund from the state of bank pays interest alabama

Brad March 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I e-filed with the state Jan 26 and it was approved the next day. All 800 dollars was deposited into my account on Feb 8th. I waited until late Feb last year to file and I too had the problem of not getting my refund for a month or so. I guess at least with Bama, the earlier you file the less time your refund takes.

Jessica March 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

e-filed Alabama state 2/20, processed 2/22, amount $350, still haven’t received my refund as of today @ 3 pm.

Jessica March 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Also, just though I’d add, my fiance efiled his 2/10/2010, amount $600 and received it around 2/21

Jon March 11, 2010 at 7:50 am

My state taxes were accepted on 2-17-2010, $500-$1000. No sign of the refund as of today.

Gabriel March 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

I filed my Taxes on 2/15 and it was approved on 2/17. I got my federal back on 2/25…….Im still waiting on my State. Its 166 dollars and I cant find a job. I need my money but the state dont seem to care about the people. Safe to say Im pretty pissed.

Chad March 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm

The state is not “giving” people anything. It’s OUR money. In fact, refunds should be paid out FIRST considering it’s not money owed to the state to begin with. Isn’t the interest free loan they get from taxpayers who overpay during the year enough for them??? I e-filed both state and fed on March 4…nothing back yet. Fed says I should receive before March 18. We’ll see. I like how the recession is a big excuse when it comes to issuing refunds…but they certainly wouldn’t take that excuse, or any other, from a taxpayer owing money. The government keeps wanting more and more tax money…some people, like in Baldwin Co, are even dumb enough to vote a tax increase on themselves. Geez…the government screws you enough without you doing it to yourself willingly! ; )

monica March 12, 2010 at 7:12 am

well lets see we had to mail alabama and still three weeks later nothing on on their website about our refund 250-500 range now nc is another thing filed 2/4 still nothing 5 weeks later only says has been processed we need our money as everyone else does my husband builds dams all over us so we pay into the darn states over pay thats how you get a refund so give me my money….. now they are sending him to utah to build a dam changing with holdings see how they like hearing we have no time line to pay them

Rod March 12, 2010 at 8:13 am

Efiled on 2-19-210 Federal and State returns. i received my federal It was direct deposited into my account on 03-05-2010, but state who knows when. state refund is for $621. Today it is 3-12-2010 and nothing as of yet.

monica March 13, 2010 at 7:17 am

well at least it now says processing now to see how long for that………

monica March 13, 2010 at 7:18 am

well at least it now says processing now to see how long for that……… 3/12/10

La Toya March 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

my refund was approved on 2/17. and as of today 3/15 my state has yet to be received into my account!!! I want to know when?!!??

Paula March 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

Mine was approve 2/26, but nothing yet either! I heard that if you didn’t file with the early birds, you will have to wait until after April 15. So I’m not expecting anything until after then….yeah, it sucks!!!!

Sherry March 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I actually spoke to a real live person at the state IRS office last Friday and was told that they were up to releasing funds for taxes filed up to 2/12……but for the last 2 weeks had not been allocated any more money to release any past the filing date of the 12th. I efiled on the 18th……so maybe in the next couple weeks it will come through!

michelle March 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

I had filed on 2/7/12 electronic and still have not recieved anything. I had $871.00 refund. They gave me 2 approved dates. the 9th and then the 13th. whats the deal with that? I was told it was sent to the states comptroller for disbursement. Glad to hear you spoke with a “real live person” that in it’s self is encouragement!

Joe March 17, 2010 at 6:45 am

Based upon a recent blog, I should see my refund anytime now as I filed back on Feb 2nd and still waiting. So there is hope (??) in AL…

JoeInMadison March 17, 2010 at 9:30 am

If you check the AL DOR statistics page you can follow along to see how far behind the state is ( ).

Their last refund payout was 02/25 and as of to day 03/17 they have processed returns as of 03/15, so they are > 434k refunds behind.

I check that page from time to time and pretty much know that if they have not updated the “Refunds” numbers and date that no payments have been made.

I filed early this year (02/15) hoping to avoid what happened last year ( Filed 04/ 15 or so and received my refund the last day before interest was due).

Amanda March 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I e-filed on Jan. 22 , accepted a few days later, I received federal 2 weeks later. I am still waiting on was processed on Feb. 5 and its March 17th..hopefully it will be deposited soon..this is crazy!!

Kim March 18, 2010 at 6:32 am
Kim March 18, 2010 at 6:51 am
Vickey March 18, 2010 at 7:29 am

Same scenario as rest. Filed 2/13, accepted 2/17. Still no state refund. I think it is ridiculous that THEY TAKE my taxes all year but when I OVERPAY them there is no money to GIVE MY MONEY BACK. But don’t let me owe them money. Just sayin.

Amanda March 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

Question: Shouldn’t it be sooner if you e-filed and its direct deposit??

monica March 19, 2010 at 8:56 am

holy batman i just called and it says its being processed and i should recive my tax refund 8 to 12 weeks from today WTF ok 8 weeks is may 7th and 12 weeks is june 4th are you kidding me really…….starting april 16th i will start writing and including a form showing interest i set for my money they can do it so can i this is just wrong wrong wrong

Andrea March 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Filed February 12th, it’s March 19…no refund. $300-$400. I just heard they were going to start the “IOU” thing for Alabama this year. This is the first web page I came to about 2009’s state tax refunds. Someone else I know filed late Jan – early Feb and they received theirs already. I’m worried that I filed mine too late and will probably never see the money because how messed up this country has become in the last year. If you think last year was bad, just sit back and see how long this year will take.

Kathy March 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Filed 2/10, approved 2/17, refund 800+, same message as everyone above. Still nothing as of 3/21/10.

Ronda B March 22, 2010 at 5:38 am

filed on the 11th of feb, got federal back 1 week later, state was excepted on feb 19th, still no refund , and its around $900

Ronda B March 22, 2010 at 5:40 am

Last year we didnt get our return til december 15th or so. I swear it sucked lol

JB March 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Mine was approved ($300-$500 range) on 3/2 and still no payment.

Emme March 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

My return was approved on 3/1/2010, but still no check. The amount was is only for $128! They cetrainly don’t hesitate to take it out of your check, but it takes a miracle to get it back in a resonable amount of time.

joy March 24, 2010 at 5:40 am

i think if we have to wait until after the 15 of april thay should pay us a
instern like we have to i was proof on the on the 3/21/2010 .
and whant get it until the end of june. if alabama so broke i think we should have gramble in alabama so people round can come and spent there money.. and people who whant to gramble thay can stay on in alabama and spent money .

dhudson March 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

i do my own taxes and i e filed everything my states took forever status says being processed then 2wks lates it says approved money coming rom education fund, then 2wks after that i got an check in the mail, would anyone know why i didn’t get direct deposit of my states? now my federal says i’m suppose to get my deposit on 3/26, should i not even look for it and just wait for an check?

Vee March 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

My Alabama tax refund of $2781.00 was excepted and approved on 02/17/10. Nothing as of today. I guess they will issue a check after April 15, 2010.

Gene March 25, 2010 at 11:54 am

Just got my Alabama state tax refund. They messed it up real bad. My wife kept her maiden name. Not only that they also messed her name up. They put Marcy instead of Mary. What should I do ?

Peed off!! March 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Let’s all just quit paying the state of Alabama taxes. If they can’t pay me, I sure as heck arn’t going to pay them. Let them do without.

HENRY March 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm


Robert March 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm

My refund was “approved” on 2/19/10. I am still waiting. In the Birmingham News last week, they declared that the “oldest” one they had was approved on 2/17/10 and that refunds would go out last week.

Apparently, they didn’t make much progress.

joy March 26, 2010 at 4:30 am

hurry up alabama , i need my money i am hight way bound to mississippi to gamble like like u know.

katie April 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

LOL i love it!

Carrie March 26, 2010 at 7:41 am

Hey, I posted back about two weeks ago. Mine was approved 2/17… it posted electronically to my account today (3/26). Yeah!

Laura April 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

Mine was approved 2/17 and I still haven’t gotten my refund! You’re lucky…

Robin March 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I e-filed mine 3/10 and the status says it was approved on 3/11 but Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance… I called Dept of Rev and they said no checks for march have been issued on approved taxes…

Kay March 27, 2010 at 9:08 am

well they must have stopped at 2/17’s approved,(previous poster approved 2/17, direct deposit was there 3/26).
mine approved on 2/22 and today being 3/27, hasnt direct deposited yet

Charlie March 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I got my federal tax refund in five days. My Alabama refund was approved 3/1 and not received yet. Are we saying the Democrat government is more efficient than the Republican government? Hmmmmm.

JP April 24, 2010 at 5:50 am

The state of Alabama has a REPUBLICAN run government.

RMHare March 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I spoke with the DOR and ask if we were going to get paid interest on these checks as this money is ours that they are holding. I was told we would receive interest after July 15th, if we hadn’t been paid by then. I ask if next yr. I owed taxes did I have until July 15th to pay it off before being penalized and was told that penalties started on 4-15. So, the moral is they can do what they want when they owe you, but there are knocking on your door if you owe them. By the way, mine was approved on 3-12 “Your refund was approved 3/12/2010. Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.”

Ann March 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm

My sister and I filed on the same day 02-23-2010 and was approved on 02-25-2010. As of today, 03-27-2010… website still says that they funds are only issued as allowed…. this sucks

Tara March 29, 2010 at 9:25 am

This place is going down the drain!!!!!!!!! I filed my taxes on Jan 22,2010 my state refunfd was approved on Feb 12..yet its almost april1 and I have recived nothing! why is the state allowed to do this its our money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! something needs to be done about the mamagement of funds in general this is a corupt nation and is failing in every way possible…im out raged I cant have my money!!! its mine.. I plan on fixing them I will go to employer and have them take less out of the check every week and if everyone would do this they would have muuch less to hold on to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! extreamly angry!!!!!!!!!

reco March 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

i e-filed the state on and approved on 2-19-2010 and nothing yet so far.I hope it will be soon.

Joe March 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

Well, after almost 2 months of waiting, this morning I found my tax return deposited into my checking account. YEAH! I was approved actually on Feb 17th, though I e-filed early Feb. Wonder how next year will be….

Crystal March 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I finally got my refund today after 42 days!

Anne March 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Mine was approved on 2/18 and still has not been direct-deposited yet. I worked in Mississippi for part of the year, and I even got that refund within 10 days! Congratulations, Alabama. You suck worse than Mississippi!

Arthur March 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

Efiled 2/21/2010, approved 2/22/2010. I still get the same canned message everyone else does about the education trust fund when checking status. To top it all off, when I called ADOR to find out what was going on, the person who answered the phone was rude.

I work in a different state and get 90% of what I pay into AL back at the end of the year. I’ve left the deductions as-is because the refund is nice. A visit to HR is in order this year to change deductions for AL. They won’t make interest off my money and refuse to give it back next year!

karen March 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

so we were apprived on 3/2/2010…need our money for down payment on house, and i have no idea how long our refund will take…so frustrating!!!!!!!

tomicheal smith March 31, 2010 at 3:23 pm

how long do u think it takes mines was approved on the 1 of march i say if it was approved then send it to me

Tracy March 31, 2010 at 8:58 am

My refund was approved 2-22-10. Still have not gotten it. If the great Gov. Riley would stop spending money on stopping people from spending their money on BINGO the state would have some money. Over 300,000.00 spent a few months ago on a raid of Country Crossing and other places according to news reports. Makes me ill with him and his task force.

dixie April 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Amen! At least the workers of the casinos pay state tax. If Gov. Riley hadn’t caused these places to close their doors to avoid his thugs the state could’ve earned enough cash to pay all our returns!!

Justin April 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm


Beverly March 31, 2010 at 9:04 am

Filed 2/1/2010, approved 3/3/2010 nothing so far. Fingers crossed.

tomicheal smith March 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

so how long does it actually take to get an alabama tax refund too me alabama is so backward

James S. April 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I e-filed on 2/17/10…approved on 2/23/10…still nothing but the infamous ADOR message! I have already changed my deductions to pay AL state tax as little as possible and write them a check for the difference next year no earlier than 4/15/11.

James S. April 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

Still no refund!!!

Jen April 7, 2010 at 6:56 am

I second that!

Randy Frasier April 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

This money does not belong to the state. We need to get all of the electied out of office. Then get some in there that belive that what belongs to the people of Alabama some be given to them. You can bet (Ha Ha Riley bet) that Alabama would not accept you will get your money as funds are available if I sent them that note.

Gina Stevens April 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Returns accepted 2/23 – no refund yet. If AL would send it, I promise to spend it!

Amanda April 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

Still no state refund..its been 8 weeks

MICHELLE April 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

8 weeks and still no state refund……total of $631.00

Karen April 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

Accepted 2/17 and still NO refund! This is ridiculous!

katie April 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Same here.. Accepted on 2/17 but no refund. I’m getting a measly $129 back, but I’d still like it in a timely manner!! Ugh.

Justin April 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm


Fang April 6, 2010 at 6:52 am

Ditto as a lot of people here. 8 weeks and counting now..

brandi April 6, 2010 at 7:10 am

Okay so the website said that it was approved on 3/5/10 and I am sick of waiting. I was curious if anyone who has had their refund direct deposited, does the info that give you when you type in your information on the ador site, does it tell you that your refund has been distributed or did you just keep checking your bank account?? Everyday I check hoping to see the message has changed on the website, but it still says the same thing. I think its ridiculous that I have wait this long…I paid taxes all year so why can’t I get my money?????? Very frustrated!!!

Show me the money! April 6, 2010 at 8:05 am

Approved 2/17. Still waiting…

Nathan April 6, 2010 at 10:47 am

E-filed on 3/9, and (obviously) haven’t received anything back yet. I expect it may be another month or so. In the meantime, also I’m planning a trip to HR to make sure that I don’t end up with the state owing me after this year. So, to all of you people that have delayed refunds next year because there’s no money in the pot: Sorry! It’s because a bunch of people like me refuse to give Baba O’Riley an interest-free loan again to support his Anti-Bingo Jesus Crusade Boondoggle.

Mrs. Price April 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

It has been 9 weeks since we filed! I know people who actually owed and paid their taxes. Still waiting………………………………………..

dixie April 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Approved 2/24/10 and still no refund, not even a general idea of when I can expect a refund. I say they should give us the name and address of people who owe the same amount of money we’re expecting so we can vent our frustrations on someone or shake them down for spare change at least.

dixie April 26, 2010 at 5:15 am

Still nothing…..

Jen April 7, 2010 at 6:54 am

Mine was approved on 2/22 & still no refund. I think since we have to pay penalties & interest, then they should if they can’t get us our hard-earned refund in a timely manner!

Tara April 7, 2010 at 7:26 am

I called a lady my dad knows that works for the state and she told me they cut off refunds approved at the 10th of feb and have not paid on anything approved after the 10 th mine was approved on feb 11 and still today no refund!!!!!!!!!!! its a shme this nation has gotton to where the people have no control!!! we jus have to take what ever card we are delt and there seems to be so much coruption going on the devil runs things down here! the gov, the elected offices and our court system is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 250.00 of my money that I need!!! and cant even get it!!! this is a nation slowly going down the drain! so everyone who was approved by feb 10 should have recived their refund if not then you are waiting just like the rest of us, and its a in justice to the people!!!!!!

karen April 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

Tara thanks for the info….even though it’s not what I want to hear….at least now maybe I can quit looking at my bank account obsessively…thinking my refund will be in there…….We all are working tax payers and need it badly…..I am praying for all of our needs to be met with or without the refund:(

Beverly April 7, 2010 at 7:52 am

Thanks for the info guys. I too am checking daily and just when It seems I’m all tapped out something comes through. This is a eye opener and I won’t be so lax about voting and who I vote for.

Beverly April 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

FYI that something that has come through was not my tax refund.

brandi April 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

This is ridiculous… I look everyday and nothing. Why should I have wait for my money when I pay my taxes all year long!!!!!! Has anyone actually talked to a live person at ADOR????

Amanda April 7, 2010 at 9:37 am

So why is the Alabama Refund Hotline number not working??

Hammer April 7, 2010 at 10:07 am

Filed on March 3. Nothing yet. Ironically, my vehicle tags are due in May and it will almost equal my refund to the dollar. I wonder if they will understand if I can’t pay my tag fee’s until the state returns MY money back to me.

Jennifer April 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

So, filed on 2/16, approved 2/17, and woke up to a nice surprise…refund of $358 deposited TODAY! Only had to wait 50 days…glad I no longer live in Alabama. Yay for Texas and NO STATE TAX!

Katie April 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

FINALLY DEPOSITIED TODAY! Yay! I was accepted on 2/17 and it was deposited this morning. Not very much, but more that what I had! I hope you all get yours soon!

Anne April 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Woohoo! I was approved on 2/17, and I just got the deposit today! Finally. I changed my withholding at work, so maybe less of my money will be tied up with Alabama next year. Hope all of you get yours soon!

Julie April 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Tax return approved 2/26/10 and as of today………still waiting on refund. Unfair!!!! Just like everyone else is saying, they would expect us to pay them promptly, but they don’t want to pay us promptly!!!!

tom April 12, 2010 at 8:06 am

I was approved on Feb. 23rd. I am still waiting on my refund.

Josh April 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

The website says my refund was “approved” 3/10/2010. Does this message change to “issued” after it’s sent?

Misty April 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm

OMG! I was approved on Feb. 18…My fiance was approved on Feb. 23rd…he got his check in the mail today…I did direct deposit and still havent gotten anything. The ador site still has that same stupid msg on it. This is crazy! His refund was more than mine…how is this possible?????

brandi April 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

Thats crazy…I am so tired of waiting… I want my money NOW!!!!

James S. April 13, 2010 at 7:10 am

Has anyone else approved after Feb 17th, gotten a refund? Misty’s fiance is the first I’ve heard of. Mine was also approved on Feb 23rd, but as usual…the same message!

Celeste April 13, 2010 at 7:49 am

Refund approved 3/10/2010…no check/deposit as of yet…changing my witholding today!

Tom April 13, 2010 at 8:17 am

I filed my taxes the 2nd week of Feb and have not recieved my refund Alabama cannot be that broke The State of Alabama don’t care if the get to your fefund or not. i moved to Oklahoma so thank goodness i no longer have to pay

katie April 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

this is helpful:
By law the state must issue refunds by July 15 — provided a tax return was filed on time — or start paying interest to the taxpayer.

Nathan April 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

Reminds me of that commercial… “IT’S MY MONEY, AND I WANT IT NOW!!!”.

Celeste April 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm

too funny

Randy April 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm

54 days and counting!!!!! Go Alabama you, are not the greatest!!!!!!!!

Tammy April 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Was approved 2-24-10 and as of today, nothing! Why is it that some that was approved after I was have already received their refund???????????????Everytime you speak to someone one it is the same crap, “when funds are available, we will issue refunds”. WTF!

Al April 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm

State was accepted Feb 22 it is now April 13 and no refund. $500 range

Brandi April 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I feel everyone’s pain….I don’t understand this and I guess I never will. Its getting to the point where I am overly frustrated and tired of checking the ador website and seeing the same old message everyday!!! I would think that by now they should have enough funds in this “so called account” to pay us our money!!!! I agree with Tammy..WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lindsey April 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Approved 3/30/10… Of course I haven’t received my refund yet and it’s only a measly $41 with TWO jobs!! Ughhh!!! Got to have 2 jobs to survive and taxes still get the best of Our paychecks! It’s sickening! Good luck on getting your refunds guys!! If anyone is like me, every little bit helps WHEN it actually gets to us!

Randy April 14, 2010 at 6:25 am

55 days and counting. Good job Alabama!

Ron April 14, 2010 at 7:31 am

Just a suggestion. Instead of getting a refund change your personal allowances on your W4 and get more money in your check. Why would anyone want to give the government a no-interest loan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kathryn April 14, 2010 at 8:47 am


Amanda April 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

What website give you the date it was approved. When I go to ador it says its being processed and I should get it in 8 to 12 weeks

TT April 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Its the same website Amanda. You can go to and its the same website that you are referring to. Your state refund is still being processed if you’ve received that message. So yo have a while to wait for your refund. They are reviewing your refund if you get the “8 to 12 WEEK MESSAGE”

Shelly April 15, 2010 at 6:50 am

It’s the ador site, but you probably just filed which means they haven’t even processed yours. Once you’re approved, then you’ll be in line to receive your refund. Basically, they haven’t even looked at yours yet.

dennis April 14, 2010 at 10:36 am

mine was approved on 4/4 and still nothing

dennis April 14, 2010 at 10:38 am

oops i meant 3/4

Frustrated With The STate Of Alabama April 14, 2010 at 10:50 am

Approved 2/26/2010, filed electronically, still waiting!! We have decided to not pay in all year and then wait to the last minute to pay!
Just a poorly run state of affairs, Guess we could move!

Teri April 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Well, we are STILL waiting on our refund from LAST year!! When I check on it they say it is being processed. People please, we are only talking about $340!! Oh and by the way… they really expect me to claim that as income for last year when I haven’t received it yet??!! Ugh!!!

waiting to exhale April 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

mailed in on feb 8 2010 and approved 3/1/10 request check rather than direct deposit.9 weeks since mailed and 6 weeks since approved. Has any refund checks been mailed? This really is insane I think we should begin to contact our state representatives and senators. Maybe if enough calls or emails the DOR will get their act together!

KP April 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Mine was approved on 2/25, still no refund….I honestly think this may be the year they send out IOU…..Hope not.

Cindy April 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm

WE were approved on 2/24/10.
No money as of yet. $600 dollar range.
I am soooo sick of waiting!

KCT April 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Accepted on 2/22/2010 and nothing yet…for a $974 refund, which I could certainly use right away. Now, if I we were that late in filing money due to the state, we’d get schwacked with interest and penalty fees. Wonder why we can’t do the same to the state?

MELVIN April 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

Mine was approved 3/2/10 and as of today 4/16/10…NOTHING!!

SM April 16, 2010 at 10:25 am


VIcki April 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Approved 2/22/10 and still waiting on 4/16/10. AL’s website still says when funds are available blah blah.

Jennifer April 18, 2010 at 7:34 am

Was approved in early February..still nothing. Not the point of needing the money, but I paid it in good faith and should be able to expect the same.

Amber April 18, 2010 at 9:35 am

Mine was filed in February, approved on March 1st and I still haven’t received it! This is ridiculous!

jp April 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Filed 2/12, approved 3/30. Nothing yet. I am going to increase our exemptions-will be damned if they’re gonna use my money -interest and penalty free again! If everyone would do this and then file for an extension to pay later, they might straighten out their screwed up system!!

Heath April 19, 2010 at 7:16 am

2/19 and still nothing. How many people have called their local congressman and complained? Its my money, I want it back!

ray ray April 19, 2010 at 8:59 am

They keep saying we will in the due course of business.

Olivia April 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

Filed 2/2, approved 2/26 and still no check. $450 range

monica April 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm

well i called the governors number today spoke with a lady and told her i want my refund if i owed i would be penalized and interest and i want to know where my money is not computer just saying for over 8 weeks just being processed she took my info and said she would call me back ummmmmm still waiting flood the governors office here is their number i called 334 242 7100 still waiting here need my money now

brandi April 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Way to go Monica… I don’t know if I have the guts to call the Governor’s office. I know that I DO want my money NOW!!! We were approved 3/5/10 and still have not received anything!!! I think its ridiculous that Alabama is so consumed with other miniscule things but can not pay hard working, tax paying Alabamians our MONEY!!! Please let us know if they call you back..if they do then I may give them a call too!!!

Chelly J April 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

Good job Monica. I think I will do the same!!!

monica April 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

no ev1 needs to flood the office what are they gonna do hold your taxes………….they already are..when the governors offcie transferred to the state reveune i told them i do not want an automated i want a live person and that i got when she answered i told her the governors office transferred me if more people do this they might get the hint ….. call them untill you get an answer i am everyday every week till i get my money

Dennis April 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Mine was approved on february 22, 2010 and I have still not received it. I think all citizens of Alabama should change their deductions to reflect oweing the state money insead of getting a refund. Then let’s see how fast they try to collect!!

tomicheal smith April 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm

so when are they actua;lly going to send checks out i nedd my little 363 dollars now my gasis off

monica April 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm

well my topic is not there , so i paid into alabama state taxes or my husband did i should say while he worked in al for a couple of months to build a dam now i want we paid into the state paid back to us that we are owed in state tax return we have been waiting for over 8 weeks now all the site ever says is processing i think they are on STUCK in that office i spoke with a lady in your office and she transferred to a lady that took my info and said she would call back well guess what must be processing still no call back…. if we owed you we would be penalized and interest accured so the taxes we paid to alabama we need and want

my email that i will send every day to the governors office

tomicheal smith April 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm

they dont take that long to take your money so what is the problem with them giving it back

Rachael April 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Filed 3/10 electronically, accepted 3/17. 1 month later, still no return. its only $400. Last Year we waited 5 months to get ours back and it was only $200 (we filed electronically last year also). I’m not holding my breath for it – August was the month we received ours in last year.

monica April 20, 2010 at 6:59 am

Your refund was approved 4/19/2010. Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.

woke up to this as my status on the web site instead of being processed ok called governors office yesterday plus emailed them think it did any good now to see the check in my hand and in my bank………SHOW ME MY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin April 20, 2010 at 7:29 am

I officially got mine back last Friday, the 16th. Almost exactly 2 months from when I sent it in.

Sounds like refunds go out on Fridays and only Fridays, so you can stop checking your bank accounts until then…

2DogCrew April 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Kevin…and cute dog!

jmom April 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

can anyone tell me what day – when alabama issues refunds – they are sent out for auto deposit. I efile and it was accepted Feb 23. It has been gone today 8 weeks and I still have not received my refund. I was wondering if it was on a monday or wednesday. refund around 500.00 thanks for your help

reco April 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

hey i finally got my refund deposit into my account on yesterday apr 19 2010 2 months ago. I was approved on 2-19-2010 and direct deposit on apr 19 2010 and that is ashame for this state to take so long with refunds. I hope everybod gets there in the upcoming weeks.

2DogCrew April 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Yeah RECO!! Glad you go paid.

Alabama DOR is hypocritical April 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Perhaps we ought to not pay any state taxes and file on 15 Jun each year stating the same schpiel they post on their website about funds coming from such and such a source and paying when funds become available. How do you think the state would react to that? Penalties for being late as well as accrued interest. So, if that’s the case why doesn’t the state pay us late fees and accrued interest? That’s bureaucratic hypocracy for you as they sure as hell would never pay a fine to us for being late nor would they pay late interest to us either. They’re the big dog in town…

RMR April 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Approved for a refund April 10 and I am still waiting. Interesting idea borrow other peoples money interest free and say your budget is balanced. If anyone feels they have received to much of a refund or received it to early please feel to contact me. I will allow you to loan it to me interest free for as long as you wish.

Ronda B April 21, 2010 at 1:42 am

We finally got our state back it was accepted on feb 19th, and its now april 21st good luck to yall, i hope ya get yours soon!

martin April 21, 2010 at 4:59 am

Sad…The state of Alabama is a joke. Gov. Bob Riley might as well be a Democrat. At least he will be out of office soon.

Arthur April 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

I’m guessing mine should come in relatively soon now. People approved on Friday 2/19 are getting paid now. Mine was approved on Monday 2/21. Hopefully my approval date will be funded to pay soon. $1500 range for my return.

Those of you who couldn’t reach anyone on the phone with the state didn’t miss out on anything. When I called a woman answered and said very bluntly that there was no money to pay people and basically had an OH WELL type attitude. She was extremely rude. The call was a waste of time and only made me that much more angry with the situation.

MOVING OUT ASAP!!! April 21, 2010 at 8:16 am

Waiting on $1,400 since early February (electronic file, direct deposit). We moved here from Nashville, Tennessee one year ago…and believe me, we are doing EVERYTHING we can to get back to Tennessee and out of this God forsaken state. Sorry, no offense, but we’ve had nothing but trouble with the state and county since we moved here. Alabama is flat out broke and borderline criminal – what an embarrassment. Seriously, what would happen if we all waited to pay in until the last minute?

Brandi April 21, 2010 at 9:49 am

Return approved on 02/22/10 and still waiting for $809. I am seeing where some who filed around the same time are finaly getting their money back. Was looking forward to going back to school, using refund to pay first round of tuition, guess that is on hold for now.

James S. April 21, 2010 at 9:52 am

Did everyone else but me get their refund; it seems this discussion has gone silent since the 13th. As usual my refund approved on Feb 23rd has still not been released by the AL Dept. of Revenue.

jmom April 21, 2010 at 10:29 am

I was approved on Feb 23 also but havenot received from refund yet. I am praying it is this coming week.

jmom April 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

my typing is a bit under the weather. What I meant to say was I hope that it comes this next week.

2DogCrew April 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I filed my Alabama state return on 2/23 and received notice on 2/26 that it has been accepted. I still have NOT received the refund of $1075. I was hoping to get that money to mail in my Federal taxes of $2258. I chose NOT to allow the government to automatically deduct the $2258 from checking in fear of them making a mistake and taking toooo much money out! I waited until 4/13 to mail my federal tax. Still no AL refund.

dennis April 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

According to the state the last checks mailed were on the 29th of March. Ours were approbed March 4th so when are they going to see to it that we all get our money.

dennis April 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

It has been almost 7 wks now. According to the state the last check mailed was on March 29th. So how much longer are we going to have to wait for something that is ours to begin with.

HFG April 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm

As you can see, it has been over a month for my self, so why are we keeping a governor in office that is only hurting the working class person? Riley needs to have been gone as of yesterday. The house in Montgomery as just allocated millions of tax payers money to schools in HSV and Madison County, again where is mine

Where’s my Refund?
Your refund was approved 3/11/2010. Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.

Donna April 22, 2010 at 7:19 am

We filed on 3/3/10 was approved 3/4/10 and still haven’t received our Alabama Tax Return of $1,198 which was needed by 4/15/10 to “help” pay the IRS. This will not happen to us again, I have already changed by Alabama Tax Withholding.

Gail April 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

Quit whinning. In case you haven’t noticed, we are in an economic crisis!!! If you have overpaid by that much and anticipate doing the same this year, change your information on your state tax paperwork. Keep in mind, the state is on the verge of bankruptcy and the country is not far behind. This is something that was caused over a course of years and years, not days. It will take years to repair our state and country. Patience is what you need. No one on the site is going to get their money any sooner by typing in a synopsis of what they believe is wrong with this state or by whinning because they have not received their refund.

KCT April 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

How in the hell are you to tell those of us who’re due refunds to “quit whining?” Sounds like you’re the one whining lil missy! I’m willing to bet my refund that you work for the state, which is why you think those of us due refunds are “whining” as you might not get a check if the state paid the refunds back in a timely manner. And if you don’t like the website, move on to another one where you can bitch about something or someone…which you have an affinity for doing. In other words, go (s)mother some other groups of saps with your unwanted advice who are like you!

J Mullican April 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

Why cant we elect people in the state of Alabama who know how to run a goverment? Perfect example is the tax refund situation. Maybe they spent all our money chasing illegal bingo operations.

monica April 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

this is for gail………

there is no whinning going on its just hard working people who paid in and now want what is theirs now turn it around if we owed alabama they would have already sent notice out that we are late as of april 15th and certain interest is being added ………. this country is in a world of crap but what make it harder on the hard working people by not paying back what we paid in…so no whinning just want what is ours if you dont like this thread dont read enough said

brandi April 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

I agree Monica…we paid all year to the state of Alabama and we look forward to getting our refunds back at tax time. Its only fair..right!! Why was she looking at this blog if she weren’t curious about her own refund..after all thats what we are all writing about!! By the way.. approved on 3/5 and still nothing…getting more frustrated by the day!!! Hoping and praying daily!!!

Burks April 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I was approve in 02/24/2010 and still don’t have my refund i call the hotline and it tells me nothing with no time frame on when I will receive my refund. This state is last for everything. I don’t understand why hard working people have to wait for our money after we have paid our taxes as we work and now have to wait and pray to receive what is our refunds. This state I guess will never approve like GA and other states that have balanced their funds out through the year so that they can pay hard working people their money back at the end of the year.

Lucki April 24, 2010 at 1:18 am

I looked up my Alabama State Taxes and it said it was excepted on 2-23-2010. I had forgotten that I was even getting a state check. People we can look at it like this as long as Alabama States owes us we will never be broke, because that is a little check that we will get sooner or later.

JB April 23, 2010 at 6:09 am

Approved 3/4. Still nothing!!

Faith April 23, 2010 at 7:24 am

Approved on March 1- – nothing yet……

bella April 23, 2010 at 8:27 am

Approved 2/26 and nothing as of today… i wanted to take advantage of the appliance rebates and can’t due to not having my money back.

I hope all those waiting this year vote these jerks out of office this time around!

Beverly April 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Any day now!! Please.

Amanda April 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

To the person who commented and said that “you must work for the state” .I work for the state and I am still waiting on my state refund just like most people on here..I don’t think its fair we have to wait for money to come in before they can pay us. I filed on Jan. 22 and I got my federal refund in two weeks…I wish Alabama was the same!!

Andre April 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Okay it’s past the April 15th deadline, so the state of alabama should have enough money to pay out these refund checks so why are we not receiving “OUR MONEY”. E filed on 3/20, approved 3/22 and that’s all i know, waiting on $883.00

Lana April 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Thats what I want to know. Why are we waiting on funds after the 15th of April? I can tell you, I’m not hoping and praying I’ll get my refund any day. I’m mad as you know what and I’m voting those criminals out of office. You can bet if we owed the state they would charge interest and penalties out the kazoo. They are using our money and taking advantage of the taxpaying people of our state. There is always so much waste in government spending. The tax collecting method needs revising so they don’t collect too much in the first place. Then they wouldn’t have to refund.

Chelly J April 24, 2010 at 9:36 am

I was approved 3/8. Nothing yet! I called the number to talk to a live person and he was so rude. He told me to check the hotline because it had the same information they did, then hung up. I could’t believe how nasty he was just because I wanted to know about my money. Alabama is last in everything. I am very disappointed.Why do we have to wait? Give us what we’ve earned.
Chele J

SueB April 24, 2010 at 11:38 am

I just want what is due to me.

Michelle April 26, 2010 at 6:53 am

Approve 2/22 – E filed w/direct deposit. Still nothing

monica April 26, 2010 at 7:09 am

well still nothing but i did reciev a letter stating that they redid our taxes and we are owed less then what our tax person put so they have the time to send out a letter but no check …just give me my money hell something is better then nothing right now

Renee April 26, 2010 at 9:02 am

My tax refund
-mailed February
-accepted March 9
Still no refund (over) 7 weeks later.
I would be penalized if I did not give my $ to the system within the alotted time frame. Now that I want my overpayment returned, I just wait. The good-ol-boy leaders of Alabama should be fired at the next election.

Amanda April 26, 2010 at 9:29 am

I e-filed on Jan. 22 ..I got federal back in two weeks direct deposit…State was accepted on the Feb. 5th..and STILL NOTHING as of April 26th..THIS IS CRAZY!!!

Deb April 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

I’m still waiting – like last year… Approved 3/3/2010. Like others = IF I owed THEM- they would want it quickly!! I cannot adjust my deductible for AL so I have to file every year for the refund.

Denise April 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Electronically filed taxes 2nd week of February. Still waiting.

Tim April 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

For all you holy than thou leaders of Alabama, while you have time to invesagate all the reasons why Alabama shouldn’t have a lottery I say to you give to Ceaser what is Ceaser’s and to God what is God’s. The income tax returns you are holding because you are not informed enough to do some fact checking belongs to the people who worked for it not the politicians who cannot manage it. Indebrness is just as much of a sin as gambling.

Rachel April 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Let’s all remember Tim Russell’s name, the current appointed Revenue commissioner and demand during the upcoming Governor’s election that he does not keep his appointed position. He’s done a terrible job. Tim Russell how many times are you going to play us for fools? Like last year I waited 3 months for $500 and this year I filed on April 15th so I’m in no hurry just disappointed I may be going through the same thing as last year.

KenM April 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

We filed in February thinking that the earlier you file the quicker you would get your refund….were still waiting and have yet to see my refund and when we called and asked if their was a time to when we might see a refund…they hung up on us…..

Same thing happened to us last year

dennis April 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Well it has been almost 8 weeks now. I was told between 8-12 weeks so hopefully soon.

Rhonda April 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

efiled – direct deposit – was accepted 3-1-10 – still nothing – WTH!!!!!! – I think if we do not get our refund within 6 weeks then we should have interest paid to us for every day over the 6 weeks it takes for them to get our refund to us… I REALLY REALLY NEED MY REFUND – COME ON ALREADY!!!!!

Mj April 28, 2010 at 4:30 am

I have been waiting over two months now, it was approved in february, now its about to be May…what is wrong with this system..Do you know the state of Texas doesnt have this state tax, i think the state of alabama should stop too.If you cant afford to do something then just dont do it!! and the state cannot afford to give us back our money. I say we stop state income tax in all states*because alabama isnt the only one having this problem.

dixie April 28, 2010 at 5:49 am

Exactly nine weeks now(approved 2/24)!!! Maybe next yr I will do a rapid refund and save myself the aggravation. Will it cost me money, yes, but at least I will recieve it in a reasonable amount of time. I would change my withholding but considering the fact that I have to pay taxes in two states (because we work in one and live in another), I would end up having to pay in the other state. This really stinks!!!

missy April 28, 2010 at 9:52 am

I e-filed my state taxes on 2-12 it was approved on 3-1. I am still waiting on my refund of $978.00. Since the state is taking so long I’ve adjusted my deductions to make sure they don’t get a dime of my money and sit on it for months on end next year.

Lana April 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I think that’s what everyone should do. If we all adjusted our tax deductions to as little as possible, then the state would really be in a crunch and not be so haughty next year. Those arrogant you know whats act like they’re doing you a favor sending you the money they owe you. It’s time the people stand up and take matters in their own hands.

monica April 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

well i finally got a reply and to me its a bs reply………sorry but we paid in now pay back
here is the email i gotYour email to Governor Riley has been sent to me to respond. We at Revenue do not control the funds for refunds. These funds are controlled by another state agency. We review and audit the tax returns and approve refunds that are due the taxpayer. All income tax collections are deposited to the Education Trust Fund as required by law. Form this fund all school systems, colleges and universities are paid and then refunds. Due to the economic conditions, funds going into the Trust Fund are not adequate to meet the expenses that are required to be paid. We at Revenue understand your concerns but there is nothing that we can do to expedite the issuance of your refund as well as the thousands of others waiting for their refund.

Under Alabama law refunds must be issued within 90 days from the due date which is April 15th. If they issued after July 15th then interest must be added to the refund.

Tara April 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

I too have been waiting on my refund check of $818, approved 3/23. I have no idea when to expect it. I filed in another state as well and got my refund from them in 3 weeks…WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALABAMA??!!!

Martin April 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

It is absurd. I filed the last week of February, still nothing. I too adjusted my with holdings so the state doesnt get a dime more than they are owed. No more free loans from my tax dollars! A bunch of crooks is what we are dealing with!

John April 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

My refund was approved on 03-17-2010 for electronic deposit. It’s now 04-28-2010 and still nothing. It doesnt make ANY sence whatsoever that the Education fund gets priority since the kids that are in the educational system in this back-ass-wards state arent learning anything anyway!! Dont even think about calling the Alabama Department of Revenue. It’s obvious that those that work at ADOR are the very ones that didnt learn anything in school…aka “Duh…I dunno where your refund is.” And yes…I actually got this answer. One good thing!! The screwed up state of Alabama will have to pay us interest on these refunds if the refunds arent received 90 days after filing and approval. Oh yeah!! We have a national champ football team..WHOOPEEE!! That’s obviously MUCH more important in this state!!

JP April 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I completely understand your frustration with the Revenue Department and their inability to issue our refunds. However, I hate it but do understand that our funds are paid from the Education Trust Fund. Do I find this to be the most absurd set up ever? Yes!!!! As an educator in this state, I will say that a great deal of students in our state ARE LEARNING. I and several of my colleagues busted our butts EVERYDAY, Monday-Friday (most of us 7:00 A.M. until) Oh, there isn’t any overtime pay for ALL of our EXTRA hours either. However, I’m not complaining about that. Stick to the matter at hand and don’t take cheap shots at an education system you’re obviously on the outside trying to look into. First of all, our state SHOULD NOT be taking from the Education Trust Fund. How stupid is that??? Everyday, I have to tape or try and glue a textbook back together and it’s time to adopt new ones for next year but we won’t have the funds!!! Just like we’ve had NO FUNDS ALL YEAR LONG and EVERYTHING I’ve purchased for my classroom (and I’m not complaining because it helps my students LEARN) has come out of MY pocket!! You see you’re not the only person frustrated about not receiving a refund but your attacks on our education system have offended me. Are all students learning? No!! Of course not! All several students learning??? Yes! Our state government is backwards and until it’s fixed everything else will suffer! So, you’ve been waiting since 3/17, try 3/1. I’m frustrated indeed but it will come when it comes. As for where it comes from, the state needs to fix this mess! As for understanding why the Education Trust Fund is vital to the education systems it serves, I completely understand because I’m on the INSIDE looking OUT and those who complain about it but wouldn’t last a day on the inside with a lack of funding and resources to educate our youth. Be Blessed and may we both receive what we’re looking for soon! Be positive not negative!!

john April 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

Ok…I’ll be positive and not negative. I’m POSITIVE that the Alabama Department of Revenue does not know it’s right hand from it’s left and this will no doubt cast an even more NEGATIVE view on our State government.

Never Paying Taxes Again April 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Here’s a great scenario:

Had my taxes e-filed for direct deposit; didn’t know Alabama was slow on repaying taxes, so I assumed it would be deposited in 8-10 business days. I mistakenly overdrew my checking account, but thought “hey, Alabama will pay it back in a week, no worries”. Well, they didn’t. ADOR says that they can/will not change my refund from direct deposit to a mailed check unless I close my account. The kicker is, the bank won’t close an overdrawn account. So now my hard earned tax money is going straight from the state to the bank, they are going to pay the overdrawn account, and there is nothing I can do to stop it. Like most of you, I work hard and needed the money ASAP. Now I don’t even get to decide how I spend it. Point is, it’s my money, I should be able to decide if I want to use it or my paycheck to pay back the bank (as a matter of principle). I get paid quarterly, so my salary will arrive probably the same time my refund arrives.

Alabamian April 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Filed 3/16/10, no refund yet.

Next year I’m not paying a dime, and when they ask why, I will simply tell them:

“Taxes are issued from the Alabama Citizen’s Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the this citizen is doing everything possible to expedite your tax’s approval and issuance.”

destiny101301 March 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!! What do you think the state would do if all the citizens of Alabama did this? It would be a riot.

Helen April 28, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Aprroved 2/28, nothing at all and soon it will be May.

bella April 29, 2010 at 8:06 am

my still has not come in from 2/26 – anyone else have any updates? It is like they just stopped paying. People need their money.

Annette April 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

Approved on 2/22/10 and haven’t received anything. I did speak to someone at the department of revenue and was told that they issued refunds on 4/19/10 but haven’t had any money to issue refunds since then. I check daily and it is always the same thing.

JUDY April 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

My Al state was approved Feb 22 and received the same message as everyone else. Today’s date 4/29/10 and still no return. How can we pressure ADOR to pay up?

Jacci April 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm

My state taxes were excepted Feb. 23 and mine says the same thing as everyone elses. I am in the waiting game also, but this doesn’t anger me it just makes me feel sorry for the State Education system. I wonder out of all the people that pay taxes where is the money going? Why Alabama have to tape up text books? Why teachers have to spend their money on supplies? This is not right!!!! I want to know what we can do to get our Education system up todate with all the other states. I am upset about the refund, but thats money we all have coming and I am sure we will get our refund when we least expect it and with interest if they keep it past the 90days. So thats something to look forward too.

D black April 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I have been waiting since 02/22/2010. Where is my damn money?????? it is april 29, and nothing. The amount isn’t much!!!!!
I have never waited this long.

rachel April 30, 2010 at 2:05 am

I was approved on 3/2/10. I still haven’t received anything!!!! I am a teacher (employed by the state), and I have been on medical leave! I sure could use my hard-earned money to help out

Michelle April 30, 2010 at 6:46 am

Filed 2/22/10……approve 2/27/10

This is what the Alabama website says today. Only problem……we filed direct deposit – not a check.

Your refund check has been issued.

You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.

jmom April 30, 2010 at 7:05 am

this is what i received from the gov’s office

Your email to Governor Riley dated April 26, 2010 has been referred to me for a response. Please be assured that the Alabama Department of Revenue is dedicated to providing the most efficient, accurate, timely, and helpful service and assistance possible to the taxpayers of Alabama.

The Department of Revenues does not issue refunds but approves them for issuance by the Comptroller’s Office. Your refund was sent to the Comptroller’s Office on February 23, 2010 for the direct deposit of your refund to be initiated. The Comptroller’s Office issues refunds as cash becomes available in the Education Trust Fund, because income tax is earmarked for education. The Department has no input into when refunds are issued and is generally not provided any advance notice that refunds are to be issued.

just thought that i would past it along.

CG April 30, 2010 at 7:06 am

Submited Feb 26 accepted by the state March 1. Going on 9 weeks. That is ridiculous! Sent the Fed for my father on April 15th at about 10am and guess what??? Got his refund today! State is horrible!

TC April 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

approved 2/22/2010 website say today

Your refund check has been issued.

You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.

Arthur April 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

Your refund check has been issued.
approved 2/22

You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.

This was just on the site for me when I checked it. The check has been issued notice is strange for me since I EFiled with direct deposit. Does it say check issued even when it’s going to direct deposit the funds?

KCT April 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Arthur — I, too, was approved for refund on 2/22/10 and I got the same notice…although I also asked for direct deposit. If they do issue checks, they still rack up interest on the funds in the Education fund until the funds are transfered to the recipients’ banks. The state and federal government will always figure out ways to wring the last penney out of us. Next year, if I owe the state any money, I’d love to post the same think they tell us every day and then add the same statement when we pay it 9 to 10 weeks later.

Amanda April 30, 2010 at 10:03 am

its been 12 weeks today..and no deposit in my account. This is crazy

Brittany April 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I got approved on 3/19 and still nothing. i cant even get a number to tlk to a real person! im gettin a lil irritated bc a few years ago i owed the state and they wanted it right then, but yet they make us wait months. i need my $253 asap bc i have a mim wage job and my bills are stacking up..ugh i cant wait to vote these idiots OUT!

aaron ford April 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

ive been waiting for six weeks now, im not upset, just glad to be on the plus side finally.

TT May 3, 2010 at 3:57 am


JT May 3, 2010 at 6:13 am

Approved March 10. Still waiting.

Arthur May 3, 2010 at 8:11 am

approved 2/22 and deposit was made this a.m.

TC May 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

approved 2/22 and deposit was made this a.m.

TC May 3, 2010 at 9:06 am

approved 2/22 and deposit was made today

Cat May 3, 2010 at 9:07 am

Refund was accepted on 2/24..still nothing. Filed my son’s the same day and he got his back 3 weeks ago. Of course my amount is much larger but still… This is so ridiculous.

monica May 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

still waiting for MY MONEY ALABAMA

Dennis May 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

3/4 approved. Still nothing. Maybe we will be in the next group of deposits to get made. I hope its not another month down the line since it seems they only give out money once a month.

Brandi May 3, 2010 at 11:21 am

Approved 3/5…I so hope its not another month..I’m hoping mine will come within the next week or so.. I can’t wait another month. Congrats to those who are getting those..I know you all are very happy!! Keeping my fingers crossed for the rest of us!!!

ricky May 3, 2010 at 9:46 am

i’ve been waiting three months

Rhonda May 3, 2010 at 10:27 am

AWESOME – So maybe I can expect mine within 1-2 weeks – Mine was accepted on 3-1 – fingers crossed – Also thanks for the update on your return it gives the ones of us that have not recieved theirs yet a little hope… Also – Does anyone now if they ONLY send checks or make deposits on a certain day… IF anyone has recieved their refund via direct deposit – what day of the week did it go in your bank account?

PAULA May 3, 2010 at 11:27 am


Arthur May 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I noticed people approved on 2/19 which was the friday before mine was approved on 2/22 were being paid last week. So I’d say the people approved on 2/23 can probably expect payment next week. If they keep up the trend, those of you with March approvals might be waiting a while unless they get a big infusion of funds from somewhere.

Seems one approval day per week is the norm at the moment.

Karen May 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Any body out there who has been approved in March, get a refund yet???? this is taking way to long…..Please Alabama get our money to us……We paid you on time, how about getiing with it!!!!!! I’m glad I moved!!!!!!

Arthur May 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Sorry don’t think they’ve gotten to March yet. They still have a bit of Feb to finish up yet. If they were paying people approved in March before people who were approved in Feb, there would be riots I think.

D black May 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

approved 02/22, a deposit was made on april 30,2010

Rachel May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm

This is from
State tax refund check’s (almost) in the mail
Mr. Stacy needs some complaints to know about there being a problem. Please read below:

Todd Stacy, a spokesman in Gov. Bob Riley’s office, insisted problems from 2009 were exaggerated in some circumstances and that refunds are going out faster this year.

“The speed of the refund checks has been improved,” he said.

He said that as far as he can tell, it’s not even an issue this year.

The governor’s office does not directly monitor tax refunds, he said. The office does monitor citizen complaints, and Stacy said it has received none on delayed refunds this year.

“If something like that is going on, we hear about it pretty quickly,” he said.

Stacy defended actions of both the Revenue and Finance departments. He said they process the returns as quickly as possible and issue refunds once money is in the account.

still waiting May 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm

The Alabama State Income Tax hot line stated our return was approved on 3/4/10. As of today, May 3, it’s been 2 months and no refund has been given.

trina May 4, 2010 at 5:08 am

We were approved on 3/4 & still nothen , still hope it comes soon my baby’s b’day is next week could really use it!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed Hall May 4, 2010 at 12:22 am

My refund was approved 03/01/2010. It’s 05/04/2010 now.

When will they have to start accumulating interest?

Dennis May 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

From what I have read they will not have any interest added to checks until July. They have 90 days from April 15th to pay up.

Vanessa May 4, 2010 at 12:22 am

Filed Feb. 8, approved Feb. 24 and still no refund as of today May 4. Last year I filed in March and did not get my refund until September!!! Hope that isn’t the case again this year!

Steve D May 4, 2010 at 12:22 am

Mine was approved on 2/26 but nothing as of yet. Sounds like it could be deposited soon based on what others are saying on this forum. Let’s hope so. It’s alot of money and I could really use it just like everyone else!

clal May 4, 2010 at 5:08 am

Approved 2/23; no money yet.

Rhonda May 4, 2010 at 6:10 am

ugh – nothing today – was accepted 3-1

Mark May 4, 2010 at 6:45 am

My state return was accepted on 2/27/10…still haven’t received MY MONEY. When I called to check the status, it said my return was accepted and the return will be processed in “due course of business”. The state should be charged interest from April 15 until money is deposited into my account.

john May 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

“Due course of business”…aka “We at the ADOR really don’t give a rats ass and are too stupid to care”. Refund was approved on 03-17-10..still nothing. I hope that ADOR has to pay us all interest (by law…ADOR must do this by 07-15-10)..that’ll serve those ****ing idiots down in Montgomery right!!!

bella May 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

still nothing here – approved 2/26

Guy McGuy May 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

I gave the refund hotline another try and it works every other time you call……Sort of. It goes to the end and hangs up on you! LOL

Great stuff!

Brook May 4, 2010 at 8:46 am

Approved March 8th. Still no refund. This is aggravating!!

Annette May 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Approved on 2/22/10 and still haven’t received my refund. Co-worker was approved same day and she received her money direct deposit yesterday 5/4/10. It’s been 10 weeks already.

Karen May 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

Approved 2/24 – still nothing. Owed federal $3k. Refund from state is $1700. Saved $1300 and was going to combine the two and pay federal. Was only able to pay the $1300 I had saved and will now incur penalties and interest for not being able to pay federal in full b/c I was naive enough to think I’d have my refund from the state in time. Lesson learned.

Jacquelyn May 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

Aproved 2/25/10-Still nothing-based on what is showing on the ADOR website-as of 4/30/2010 they have processed 1,299,712 refunds and only paid out 508,631 refunds. So that means there are 791,091 tax refunds that have been processed and waiting on refunds. Believe me when I owed the state money they demanded it within 10 days.

Ann May 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

I cannot believe the Governor’s office hasn’t received complaints. Anyone know where I can send my complaint? From what everyone is posting, I probably won’t get my refund until just before they have to pay interest. The Alabama system is totally unfair as to distribution of funds.

Angel May 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

need to bring in the lottery more tax money for the state

KS May 5, 2010 at 7:37 am

Approved 3/4 still nothing. And with husband and daughter both getting laid off could really use the money.

Renee May 5, 2010 at 7:37 am

Approved on 3/15 and still nothing as of today. Hotline still say the same message as before….this is unacceptable if it were them waiting on us…

Brandi May 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

To update my earlier post, our return was approved on 2/22 and refund was received on 5/3. There is hope, it is just taking a long time.

Amanda May 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

Question to those getting their refunds through direct deposit…is the deposit showing up first thing in the morning or is different times for everyone?

Ryan May 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Bank deposits will only show up once per day and are sent via ACH (automated clearing house). The only deposit you should ever see intra-day would be a wire transfer. So basically, you’re answer is…if you don’t see it in the morning, you won’t see it the remainder of the day. Banks normally post transactions after 1am EST for that respective day.

jmom May 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

Do you think that there is hope that returns excepted on Feb 23, 2010 will be the next round to be released. I sure hope so I need it really bad .

mx'er May 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

I’m really screwed I filed mine on 04/14! I’ll plan on christmas funds :-l

mx'er May 5, 2010 at 9:53 am

ps… I got my federal in one week.

April May 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

Approved 2/26 and nothing.

missy May 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

Filed via Turbo Tax online on 2/19, approved on 3/1 – still no receipt of refund.

Timeka May 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

So, if I waited until 4/14, I guess there is not hope for my refund, is it???????

2DogCrew May 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Approved on 2/26 and no refund as of 5/5.

2DogCrew May 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Refunds are only received by direct deposit on Friday.

Finance_Guy May 6, 2010 at 5:11 am

Are you saying that the State of Alabama only deposits tax refunds on Friday’s? If so I would tend to disagree as a deposit can be done any day of the week as evidenced by “TC” above who received their refund on Monday, May 3rd. Mine was accepted 02/23, $1,200 and now I’m getting pissed. I’ve never even heard of such a thing as a state running out of money that was given to them for mandatory taxes. Maybe next year (this year) they should create an escrow account that is equal to the percentage of dollars they had to shell out this year. Nah, that would be too sensible! We’ll just ask for forgiveness rather than permission. Good mantra.

Jason May 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Approved on 3/9 so it I guess it will be June before I see our return.

Frustrated May 6, 2010 at 5:11 am

I had to mail in my return because there were forms that couldn’t be e-filed. I mailed it Jan 7, but I received a letter mid Feb from Dept of Rev saying I didn’t include all the forms and the signature page. I know that I had sent everything; they must have lost my forms. Anyway, mine was approved Mar 10, and I haven’t received my refund.

Missie May 6, 2010 at 5:11 am

I was approved on 3/3/310 and like everyone else, I have not refund. Maybe I will have it for my son’s July birthday since it is before the “interest paying” cut off. LOL! Good luck everyone!!!

GG May 6, 2010 at 5:12 am

Mine was accepted on 04/20, refund is a few hundred. They’ll probably hit me with penalties and I’ll get nothing.

Dianna May 6, 2010 at 6:42 am

I filed on March 15…$225…still no refund…I E-filed.

nabell May 6, 2010 at 9:43 am

Refund approved 3/3/2010. The waiting is getting ridiculous. But the feds issued $$ it did not have so which system is better?

Chilly May 6, 2010 at 9:43 am

Mailed first week of March. Was “being processed” for about a month and was “accepted” on 4/6. Still waitin’.

Jake Harrison May 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

My Federal & State were accepted March 15. My Federal was deposited less than 2 weeks later. AL State… Still waiting

Cliff May 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

Mine was accepted February 1, approved February 25and I am still getting the approved message and no money yet!!!

Steve May 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Waiting on over $1000 approved on 3/22 and no refund yet. I owed last year and they made me pay on time. So like a dumb [email protected]@ I had more taken out to not owe again!!! Never Again!

Sharon May 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Our refund was approved on 2/26/10. Like everyone else we’re still waiting (5/6/10). Think the state will pay us interest on our money that they have been using?

Kevin May 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Sharon, check out my post detailing whether or not Alabama will pay interest on your refund.

desperate May 7, 2010 at 2:04 am

approved 3/23 no refund yet.
counting on it 974.00

Angie May 7, 2010 at 4:11 am

E-filed 3/15
Approved 3/17
Still nothing.
Waiting on 813.00 refund to pay what I owe federal.
This is so aggravating.

Last year filed on 3/14
Approved on 3/16
Check was deposited on 5/7
So maybe we are getting close.

Good luck everyone!!

givememyrefund May 7, 2010 at 4:12 am

Approved on March 10th. Deposited today. Finally got my money!!!!

Missie May 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

Wow! You were approved 3/10 and you already got yours! Maybe I should change my user name to “givememyrefund”. LOL!

trina May 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

How much was yours? Trying to determine how they are paying out because their are alot of us that filed before you and still nothen…..

beth May 7, 2010 at 5:18 am

Efiled and approved Feb 26, 2010. Just called bank to check deposits and I have not received a refund.

Jacquelyn May 7, 2010 at 5:28 am

Approved 2/25/10-still no refund. According to the paper yesterday the last round of refunds was over 8,000 returns-looking at the ADOR website that was just some of the returns processed and approved on 2/22/10. So from the way it looks they are sending out refunds only once a week for one days worth of approved returns – which means I still have 3 more weeks to go before I can even expect a refund.

James S. May 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

I believe someone posted last week that they were approved on 2/22/10 and had finally received it; based on the fact they’re still paying out 2/22/10 returns this week, I would say its one day paid out over multiple weeks. Mine was approved on 2/23/10, so I’m getting anxious!

Missie May 7, 2010 at 8:37 am

Well, it’s Friday. Did anyone receive a refund today and if so, when was yours approved?

missy May 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

It’s Friday still no tax refund. 12 weeks after submitted, 10 weeks after approved. URRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGG

givememyrefund May 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Approved on mar 10th and got deposited today!! Finally…

Missie May 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Okay, now you are just rubbing it in for those of us who were approved before you and still haven’t gotten ours. 🙁 Ha-Ha!

brandi May 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Okay..I’m confused I was approved on 3/5 and I don’t have mine yet..what is their rationale here??? How are they determining who gets theirs and when??? Anyone have any idea???

trina May 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

I’m sure their giving out the ones they owe the least to, thats my guess I was aproved on 3/4 $501 and still hadn’t got mine yet either……

Amber May 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

hey i was approved on 3/11 only $195 still nothing so i dont know how they are working this thing

Justin May 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

wtf i was approved 3-1-10 and havent seen anything……Alabama makes no sense………

Frustrated May 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I was approved March 10 as well, but I’m still waiting on my refund. It’s $973.

patricia burgreen May 8, 2010 at 9:02 am

refund approved 3/3/10, nothing received yet. Embarrassment to the State of AL.
I would bet that Dept of Rev and Dept of Finance employees received their refunds pronto. How inane to say it is due to Education Trust Fund, do not believe a word.
What a bunch of idiots.

D black May 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

@trina, the amount was 486, approved 02/22/2010, deposit 04/30

MikeB May 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

E-Filed 2/17/10 Approved 3/3/10 Sill have zilch, zero, nada, nothing, nix, goose egg, butkus, jack squat, zip, nothing new here…still waiting for my refund to arrive.

UGH May 10, 2010 at 5:30 am


Brian May 10, 2010 at 5:30 am

What good is filing electronically? I thought it was easier to pay out, and faster!!!! But now I guess they can just take their sweet time. I am glad that I got laid off work about a month ago, and have a baby due any day now, and that I don’t need the money they have been hanging on to all year……LOL…..Come on Alabama, get your act together….

Tracy Guzman May 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

Electronic filed 03/05/10 it is now May 10th and no refund this is crazy. Just makes me wonder what do they do with all the with holding all year long?

jill green May 10, 2010 at 8:48 am

approved for refund 3/22/10-still no refund 🙁

Jacquelyn May 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

According to the ADOR website they have NOT sent out any refunds since April 29, 2010. From the past it is like every two weeks they will send out a batch of refunds. I just hope I’m in the next batch. I was approved on 2/25 and could use the money.

Jacquelyn May 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm

This is directly off the ADOR website. As you can see they haven’t paid any refunds out since 4/29/10

Income Tax Season 2010

Today is
Monday, May 10, 2010

E-filed Refund returns: 1,023,655
Payment returns: 249,345Paper
Refund returns: 295,330 Payment returns: 114,023___________________________________ Total Processed 1,682,353 As of Close of Business May 6, 2010

Paper: 220,032

Direct Deposit: 288,599

Total Refunds Issued: 508,631

Refund totals through April 29, 2010

Rita May 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

According to website approved on 022510 and as of today 051010 still not received anything.

Dennis May 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Approved 3-4 and still nothing…

Renee May 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Sent paper in Feb. Approved 3/9/2010. 5/10/2010 Still nothing.

Corrupt. It is MY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!

jg May 11, 2010 at 2:41 am

does anyone know if there is a predictable release of our refunds? do they pay us in order of dates filed? or is it based on the amount of the refund? do they pay out once a week?

Frustrated May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm

It doesn’t seem to be any type of method that they are using. I’ve read comments on here where someone who was approved in March got theirs last week, but some people who were approved in February are still waiting.

Frustrated May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm

It doesn’t seem to be any type of method that they are using. I’ve read comments on here where someone who was approved in March got theirs last week, but some people who were approved in February are still waiting. Maybe they are sending smaller amounts first.

ashley May 11, 2010 at 3:42 am

It maybe those of us who e-filed because i filed on 1-29-2010 and I have yet to hear anything.. That website is ridiculous.. LOL

ashley May 11, 2010 at 3:42 am

I really need the money for summer school… is there any other way to check your status besides online and over the phone??

Hatch May 11, 2010 at 3:42 am

Your refund was approved 2/25/2010. Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance…

Still nothing…

KJO May 11, 2010 at 3:42 am

E-filed mid-March. Was approved 3/31/2010. Still waiting on my $1512. Could use it, too as I’m pregnant and laid-off. Last year, I received mine on 7/15/2010. I am assuming I will get the same type of treatment this year…

worried mom May 11, 2010 at 5:35 am

I was approved on 3-18 1608.00 my daughter graduates from high school was planning on using it for her graduation dinner. This is not looking good

jmom May 11, 2010 at 7:34 am

today 5/11/10 I checked my refund status and it showing that my refund check has been issued and should receive it within 12 days. I elected to have it direct deposit so I hope that it will be there on Friday. I check the refund status everyday and this is the first time it has showed anything different. I am just glad that my status has changed to something more positive. I was approved on 2/23/10.

James S. May 11, 2010 at 7:41 am

Mine was also approved on 2/23/10 and ADOR’s message to me this morning is,

“Your refund check has been issued.
You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.”

I elected DD, but as of this morning I have no deposits…Friday maybe?

James S. May 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

My refund was direct deposited this morning!!! What an ordeal…good luck for all you Alabama taxpayers that are still waiting on “your” money that our grand state, in my opinion, has mishandled year after year.

jg May 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

this gives me at least something to look forward to. I am glad to hear there will be a new posting once my refund has been issued. I also check the web every morning hoping to see a new message.

Regg May 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

Approved 2-26-2010 still waiting 5-11-2010..This is really sad

jmom May 11, 2010 at 10:35 am

I just noticed on the Alabama Tax Refund site that the status on refunds is showing May 10, 2010 it was showing this morning April 29, 2010.

Jacquelyn May 11, 2010 at 10:56 am

According to the ADOR website-Paper refunds (checks mailed) was 15,245 and for direct deposits was only 7,334-for a total of 22,579 refunds issued on 5/10/10.
I wish they would please hurry up and issue the refunds that were approved on 2/25/10-I need the money!!!!!

brandi May 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I wish they would hurry up… I am mentally and emotionally drained from waiting on this refund!!!! I was approved on 3/5..waiting on around $2000. What is the hold up.. I really..really….really need this money!!!!!!!

jmom May 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I wrote earlier that my status had changed to refund check has been issued and should have it within 12 days. I worked at the local bank for a long long time so I decided to called and have a friend check the incoming deposits. She told me that my state tax refund was showing coming in and should be deposited on the 12th Wednesday. If anyone received the same messge I did this morning check your account on Wednesday, your deposit may be showing up. my refund was approved on 2/23/10 in the amount of 513.00.

brandi May 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I was just looking at the calendar and if they are distributing checks on a weekly basis, based on the day you were approved, then if I was approved on 3/5/10 and they are distributing 2/23 checks then I have another 7 weeks to wait….are you SERIOUS?????????????? I have already waited almost 10 weeks..this is so ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fatherof2 May 12, 2010 at 8:06 am

where can i see this calendar

MDW May 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Approved 4/9
same spill about issued as hey recieve funds
still no refund
why doesnt the state allow gambling they should cause thats what happens when u file for a refund in the state of alabama

John May 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Submitted the refund in February to ensure fast return service. LOL When I went into check it the system said processing for almost one month. Finally on March 13 2010 it said the return had finished processing and had the crappy statement. It is now May and nothing yet. Maybe it will like last year and I had to wait 6 months to get it. What a farse the Alabama system is.

Murray May 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Approved 3/11 and no refund. Last year it took 4 months! I thought it was “better” this time. Just spin, spin, spin. It is no wonder AL is the ranked at the bottom of the barrel on just about everything. It is election time, so we need to get out and voice our concerns.

pukey May 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I was approved 3/10, it took for ever to get to that point. Still nothing as of 5/11. I need the money for my sex change operation. Am I gonna have to borrow the money from my grandma? OMG How am I gonna tell granny I need 3 grand to tuck the sack back. Any hoo, keep me posted playas and stay golden
Ruff Ruff Meow

chelly May 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Approved 3/8 and still waiting. This is really sad. Why? What is the problem? I really need my money. Waiting on $479. I don’t check too much any more because I get tired of the same message- one that I don’t care to read. You all know the one i’m talking about.

Herbie May 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm

HOLY **** read Pukey’s comment from up above, I laughed so hard I threw up on myself!!!!!!!!!
Pukey, you made my week, you the man!! soon I guess LOL

Do Something Alabama May 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm

OOOh my gosh are they just now proccessing 02/23/10. I efiled and was aproved on 03/05/10 have been waiting… and waiting… and waiting….it is only 491 I DD. Give me my money come on Alabama how patient do we have to be.

jmom May 12, 2010 at 7:15 am

approved on 2/23/10 and received it today by direct deposit. waited 11 weeks

Karen May 12, 2010 at 7:23 am

I’m happy for you! It gives me hope that maybe mine will come next week since I was approved on 2/24.

stuckhere March 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

no not fair I was first! lol lol

Ann Simpson May 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

Approved Feb. 24, 2010. Still WAITING!!!!

Very Unsatisfied May 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

State Refund e-filed and accepted March 9, 2009 and still NO refund. What recourse do we have? Thank goodness we moved out of AL into another state and won’t have to deal with this again. There SHOULD be interest they pay us for waiting. Heaven knows they would collect their interest up front. It is now May 12th and still nothing. What a farce and a SCAM from Alabama. I’m blessed we don’t live there for 2010. Sorry for all you folks that do.

Leigh Anne May 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

I was apporved on 4/2 $309 still have not got my refund. I think if they cannot pay us they should not withhold the taxes in the first place.

fatherof2 May 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

approved on 3/1/10 and still i get the dumb response of saying its been accepted and you know the rest im so freking sick of this delay two years in a row

Dennis May 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

approved 3-4 and still nothing. Its been almost 10 weeks. How much longer do we have to wait!!

Dennis May 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Today is
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

E-filed Refund returns: 1,024,417
Payment returns: 249,512Paper
Refund returns: 301,747 Payment returns: 124,130___________________________________ Total Processed 1,699,806As of Close of Business May 10, 2010

Paper: 235,277

Direct Deposit: 315,092

Total Refunds Issued: 550,369

Finance_Guy May 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Approved 02/23….deposited today. Let’s just say that whatever I’ve paid them YTD 2010 will be all they get this year. My form A-4 is changing today to 10+ exemptions.

Annoyed May 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I was a late filer this year. I had mine finished but had to wait to have enough money to pay the Federal taxes I owed in order to file Alabama’s. I filed on April 14, 2010 and it was approved on April 15, 2010. When reading the approval, it stated that it would take 8-15 days to receive my Alabama State refund, as I had chosen to receive it by direct deposit. It has now been almost 4 weeks and am getting pretty ticked. My husband is deployed and off fighting for the freedoms of this country. He is obligated by law to pay taxes throughout the year like the rest of the country. With all the money I am seeing being put to use on the roadways, schools, etc., why is it taking so long to get our well deserved refund?


me again May 12, 2010 at 11:08 pm

We were approved on 03/25 and still no refund. We filed on 03/15 or the week after that but this is so not right. If we owed them, they would be wanting their money. Maybe it will be soon.

Itsmymoney May 13, 2010 at 4:41 am

Approved on March 5..still waiting!

Karen May 13, 2010 at 6:53 am

WOW!!! Finally!!!! Approved 2/24 – deposited today 5/13. Thank the good Lord! Good luck to rest of you still waiting!!

Jacquelyn May 13, 2010 at 6:58 am

Approved on 2/25 and this is the message I got this morning.
Can’t wait to get the money deposited in my checking account. I has been a long time coming!!!

Your refund check has been issued.

You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe

Angel May 13, 2010 at 7:30 am

Approved 2/26- – my screen finally changed today! My refund check has been issued! Hopefully tomorrow or Monday I’ll have the funds! I’ll let you guys know.

jg May 13, 2010 at 7:31 am

I appreciate everyone posting their progress in getting their long overdue refund…it gives me hope-still waiting-approved 3/22

Missie May 13, 2010 at 7:42 am

Maybe if I am lucky, they will be done with Feb. by the end of next week and can move on to March. Approved 3/3 still nothing and no change in ADOR message.

Cliff May 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

Finally got mine last night. It was approved 2/25

Amanda May 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

I have been getting this message from the ADOR site for the past 13 weeks..Your return has been received, and it is being processed. The processing time varies for each return. You should receive your refund check 8 to 12 weeks from today.” Hopefully I will get my money soon

Paula May 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

Approved 2/26, received the message my check has been issued. Yaay!!!

tomicheal smith May 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm

when they said that how long did it take to get your check

Hatch May 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

My message has finally changed….
“You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe. ”

Thank God…

Lori May 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

i am very dissapointed to read these posts since I didn’t electronically file until April 15th. My refund has been approved but that is all I know.

Angel May 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

It’s me again – – called my bank and the deposit is scheduled for n the morning – -Approved 2/26! So this meant they processed 3 days in (1) week. Mayb they have money now! I just knew I would have to wait 3 more weeks. Good luck ladies and gentlemen!

J May 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

this is very depressing…i now believe that i will never see my refund….but i will be darned if the state would not take money from me anyway they could if i owed them…….

Dennis May 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Looks like they are finally getting to the end of Feb. Hopefully soon I will see something. Approved 3-4.

kbain May 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I was approved on 3-5 and still no word just standard response

Livi May 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Approved 2/26 – finally got the message that my check will be mailed & I should recieve it in the next 12 days! I know its crummy if you filed any later, but maybe they are picking up speed?

tomicheal smith May 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

did u get your check yet

dixie May 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Finally recieved the message that my return was in the mail(figuratively since it will be direct deposited)!!! Approved 2/24! A short note for Kevin author of this page, thank you for allowing us to all keep up with each other’s status’ and keep each other informed. It has been a godsend to know what SOMETHING was happening for people somewhere! I would have been ten times more stressed without this knowledge. KUDOS to you.

Marilyn May 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

My refund was approved 3/9/10. No message that my refund has been mailed yet, but I’m hopeful after reading about others here who have received their refunds.

bella May 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

approved 2/26 – refund incoming today

Angela Eastep May 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Have been waiting since March 22. So I guess since February is just now getting theirs. We might actually get ours next month. LOL That is not surprising. Wonder state of Alabama

Rachel May 14, 2010 at 7:27 am

I am so hoping that all people approved for 3/1 receive their money by next week. crossing fingers and toes

fatherof2 May 14, 2010 at 7:46 am

approved 3/1 so hopefully since their finnaly getting to the end of feb i can get my money from them because if it was the other way around god knows they would have wanted to lock me up by now

fatherof2 May 14, 2010 at 7:54 am

Where’s my Refund?


Your refund was approved 3/1/2010. Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.

im so sick of seeing this

Jacquelyn May 14, 2010 at 8:33 am

Website stated yesterday that my refund check had been issued but it hasn’t shown up in my account today. Hopefully, I will get it on Monday.

Rachel May 14, 2010 at 7:27 am

check your account tomorrow as well. May be a day lag

jg May 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

has anyone who had their refund approved after March 1st-gotten their money?

Hokes Bluff, AL May 14, 2010 at 10:49 am

Still waiting for ours….says 8-12 weeks, but we filed electronically 2/2/10? Ummmmmmmm……WHATTTTTTT?

Heather May 14, 2010 at 10:50 am

Approved 4/1 and still nothing. I’m guessing by the progress of others that it will be July before we gets our return back. RIDICULOUS!!! This infuriates me. No hesitation if you owe them money, but they take their sweet precious time when they owe you money. & we are the ones that need it.

April May 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Approved 2/26. Got my refund today! (May 14) 🙂

Amanda May 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Everyone that is getting their refund deposited..has just been different times of the day

Kevin Tolliver May 15, 2010 at 3:09 am

3/11 Approved…..Still waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G Robin May 15, 2010 at 3:28 am

Approved march 10–nothing. This is the first…and last time I will file this late. 🙁

E. Pierce May 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

Mine’s still not even in the system, it says. Mailed in the week before it was due (procrastinator, I know).

Hope I didn’t do something wrong. 🙁

JT May 18, 2010 at 5:19 am

I did that last year; received refund in mid-July – just before they would have had to start paying interest.

Livi May 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I posted yesterday that the ADOR website said my check had been issued. I’d like to update that I actually recieved it in the mail today. So, while the state of alabama may be slow, the mail carriers are working like crazy!

Steve May 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Simply ridiculous!!!!

Cindy May 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm

We finally received our Alabama state refund yesterday-Friday 5-14-2010!
It was approved Feb. 24, 2010.
We e-filed. Yea! I hope everyone gets theirs as well.

Amber May 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm

approved 3/11 still waiting..

Raq May 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

My refund was approved on 3/11. Still nothing. Judging by the other posts on this site, those of us approved in March, should see a refund by the end of June or beginning of July.

Jacquelyn May 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

Still no money in my account. Stated on Thursday 5/13 that my refund check had been issued. As of this morning it still had not been deposited into my account.

Rachel May 17, 2010 at 8:11 am

Lets see what happens this week……

jg May 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

still waiting and hoping…I would love to think that the flow will pick up some speed now that we’re past April 15-

Travis May 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

Approved 3/9/10 ….. $1500 return…… still nothing. I don’t NEED it right now b/c i am just going to spend it, BUT, if we are bitching about the economy so much then don’t they understand the faster we get it back the faster we can spend it and boost the economy!!!!

Rachel May 17, 2010 at 9:23 am

whats the latest

Rachel May 17, 2010 at 9:26 am

same you

Rachel May 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

hey what happen

Lachel May 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

Approved 3/09…still waiting for my refund. I am very hopeful now though seeing that pretty much all of the responses that they were approved in February have received their refunds.

Traci May 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

My tax return was approved on 3/1/2010. I called the state and they were LOADS of help! Still waiting on my status to change. I got a vacation coming up and I would like to eat when I get there.

waiting to exhale May 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm

did they give you any idea when march returns will be mailed or direct deposit?

Jordan May 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

approved on 3/31/10, still nothing… on 5/17/2010

mcgrue01 May 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

been approved since 3/1…no refund, same old message, waiting the eduation department…. if we owe money to them they would want to garnish your check freeze your account till they got their (the state) money…I need MY money….N O WWWWWWWWWW

Jacquelyn May 18, 2010 at 7:16 am

Still no refund deposited in my account. Was told on May 13th that I should receive it in 5 days. Oh well, guess it will come in handy whenever they decide to direct deposit.

Dennis May 18, 2010 at 7:26 am

approved 3-4. I sure hope that they finish up on Feb this week. Then they can move into March. It has been a long time coming.. Im ready to see the MONEY!!

Donna May 18, 2010 at 7:45 am

My refund was approved on 3/1/10 and as of today no money and the website still shows the same message that I have been seeing since March that we are waiting on the Education Trust Fund. Has anyone approved on March 1st or March at all gotten their refund yet? I sure could use my $1400!

Rhonda May 18, 2010 at 7:52 am

UGH STILL NOTHING NEW – “Your refund was approved 3/1/2010. Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.”… Has anyone that was appoved 3-1-10 received their money or change in status saying money is own its way…. I sooo hope that my money comes this week…

Rhonda May 20, 2010 at 7:44 am


Jacquelyn May 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

For months the website said I was approved on 2/25/10 -blah, blah, blah-I’m sure you all know the rest. Then last Thursday the website stated my refund check had been issued and now today this is the message that is on the website.
Your return has been received, and it is being processed. The processing time varies for each return. You should receive your refund check 8 to 12 weeks from today.

When you call the 800 #-this weekend it stated I should received my check in 5 days. Now when you call it tell me the same thing the website is saying. It is becoming doubtful that I will ever receive my refund check.
Is anyone else having this trouble. If you were approved on 2/25 have you received your checks yet or direct deposited?

Rachel May 18, 2010 at 11:14 am


Rachel May 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

say now

Whittney May 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Approved 3/25 and still waiting. I just love Alabama. At this rate, I’m guessing that I will receive my refund in July.

Anne May 19, 2010 at 4:33 am

My husband and I e-filed on March 23rd. We still have not recieved our return. In the meantime, we moved to another state and most of our belongings our stuffed in 2 storage units including the box that holds are income tax folder. I wanted to check the website to find out when my refund will be issued but you need the exact amount your expecting and I cannot remember it, nor would i be able to find the box I packed it in! So here I sit……still waiting for it to show up in my bank account.

Allison May 19, 2010 at 6:43 am

Still waiting – filed in February, got the Federal refund two weeks after filing – still waiting on the state….

Jacquelyn May 19, 2010 at 7:41 am

Update on my refund: was approved on 2/25-was told on 5/13 that I should receive my refund in 12 days. I just spoke to someone in Montgomery and was told that my bank rejected the refund and it was returned. It is so strange that my federal was e-filed the same time my state was (using turbo tax) and the account number was correct for the federal but somehow the computer must of transferred the wrong account number to my state return. Now, I must wait until a paper check can be issued which will take up to 12 weeks. I’m ready to cry right now-I needed that money. I can tell you right now that they won’t be getting any more of my money to hang on too like they are doing now-I’m going to change my deductions right this minute.

monica May 19, 2010 at 7:48 am

approved 3/19 still waiting and waiting and waiting this is bull sh**

fatherof2 May 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

ok so its so f****** official that i am going to be bukoo exempt from al these state taxes im moving back to new orleans because louisiana at least gave you your money back in due time maybe it was because they allow gambling there and that gives them more tax dollars i dont know the deal but alabama is not my home sweet home i love the state but i hate the state government with a passion approved on 3/1 and still getting the same message this a buch of crooked bull#### going on in montgomery

destiny101301 May 21, 2010 at 1:48 am

I agree. Alabama needs to go ahead and just pass the freakin gambling bill and quit screwing around with our hard earned money. I was approved 4/15/10 and by some of the posts I am reading they are just getting to March…am I correct? This probably means it will be another 3 or 4 months before I see my refund!! This really sucks. My husband is with the military over in Iraq and when he is home they take what they can, so why the hell can’t they give it back? Oh maybe it’s because ALABAMA WASTES our tax dollars on needless things. Like the so-called Bingo raids….I’d like to know how much of our tax dollars the politicians used for that!!! Just wish I could move out of this stupid state!!!

Christina May 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

The raid on Country Crossings in Dothan, AL cost us $173,000. According to the paper they are still shut down and thinking of moving to MS. Great going, BOB!!! Wish we could use just half of his salary to supplement the Education Trust Fund!

destiny101301 May 24, 2010 at 11:43 am

$173,000 is quite a bit considering it’s all out of the pockets of Alabama citizens. This is pathetic and wasteful. If the folks in Dothan do move to Mississippi, that means that the state of Mississippi will be reaping the benefits instead of Alabama. It kills me to know that our state can be so closed minded when it comes to gambling but yet so open minded when it comes to paying these politicians hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. No gambling but they approved, in some areas, the right to sell alcohol on Sunday. And last but not least, no gambling, yet the citizens of Alabama suffer another loss when it comes to the return of their State Tax Refunds. My father’s entire family lives in Georgia. The lottery in the state has been useful in helping to build new schools, new books, buy computers, etc. Why can’t the politicians in Alabama see this? If my daughter wasn’t so close to graduating, I definitely would move elsewhere.

Shawn June 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

You are absolutely right! Being elected means you work for the people, NOT substitute your own values and morals, or lack thereof in place of the law–boob riley. If you don’t like gambling, then don’t gamble. Don’t like Sunday alcohol sales? Don’t buy alcohol on Sunday’s. It’s pretty simple for people with common sense, but that’s probably where the problem lies. Personally, I don’t gamble or drink alcohol, but I don’t have the right to tell someone else how to live their life. Just like boob riley doesn’t have the right to push his personal agenda on the general public. This state has enough REAL problems (not paying refunds due to misspent money), that people playing bingo shouldn’t even register. If people want to gamble, play bingo, or play a lottery, they will do it. Might as well be here–as long as the government has nothing to do with running it. Then it will be as broke and corrupt as the govt is now.
Next year, file early (to get your federal refund) and pay the state at the last minute.

missy May 19, 2010 at 8:17 am

I totally agree. Mine was approved on 3/1 too. I don’t understand how they can penalize us is we pay taxes late but they aren’t penalized unless it’s after July 15th. Total BS

Denise May 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

Refund approved 3/8…………….still waiting.

Lachel May 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I think that AL Dept of Revenue only issues direct deposits and checks on a weekly basis. I went on their website and on the home page I clicked on the Statistics button and it states how many refunds they have processed and refunded as of today’s date. The last time they issued out refunds and direct deposits was on 05/13/2010….so with all that being said maybe the monies will be released on tomorrow…

I guess it is wishful thinking…Good Luck to everyone

blueyes May 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I filed electronically on 3/15/2010 and it said I was approved 3/22/2010 and to be patient because the funds were coming from the education fund. Well maybe our state should do like Georgia and have a lottery. Oh wait I forgot, we are not open minded enough to do that. I am sorry I was raised here and I was brought up a southern baptist but come on this would be for education.

Dennis May 20, 2010 at 8:36 am

I agree.. I was born and raised here.. But come on if it will help our kids and boost the Educational Fund so we can get refunds in a timely manor what is so wrong with that. Its not like people arent going to gamble anyway so reap the benefit from it.

blueyes May 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Maybe everyone should just refuse to pay there taxes. omg

Ryan May 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I wrote a letter to the Governor letting him know that I want interest on the back taxes the state owes me, no response from their office though lol. Mine was approved on 3/11 and as of today I still haven’t seen my refund, hopefully I get it this year. I actually got a $56 check in the mail in 2008 from my 2003 refund, so everyone will get their money eventually.

Marie May 20, 2010 at 1:57 am

Approved on 3/1 – just checked the website – refund check issued and should receive it within 12 days!!!!!

Dennis May 20, 2010 at 6:01 am

Has anyone in March had an update in status?

Celeste May 20, 2010 at 6:50 am

Approved 3/10–no update & no funds

Rhonda May 20, 2010 at 7:47 am


Dennis May 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

Im glad to see you got yours.. Hopefully next week I will see ours. We were approved 3-4.

Rhonda May 20, 2010 at 7:42 am


Casey Malone May 20, 2010 at 7:49 am

Approved 3-1….Check should arrive in 12 days! Woot! Woot!

missy May 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

Approved 3-1 check has been issued. You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe. I wonder why it takes them 12 days to do an electronic deposit? Makes no sense to me. At least I’m finally getting my 1k, good Lord it’s taking forever!

Jacquelyn May 20, 2010 at 8:39 am

Update on my refund: Talked to the bank-the state added a zero on the end of my account number and it only had Jacquelyn M. and not my last name so the bank couldn’t verify the deposit belonged in my account. So, now I’m having to wait for a paper check to be mailed which according to the RUDE lady I spoke with yesterday will take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. The mistake wasn’t mine it was the state department but I’m the one to suffer for it. Congrats to all the ones that have received your refunds and they ones that were approved today-check with your bank in the morning (speak to person not just the automated phone number) If I had of called last Friday morning I could of gotten the problem straighten out and got my money then. I didn’t know it would be a long drawn out progress because some idiot that works with the state department would key in an additional zero to my account number. I have waited since 2/25/10 guess I can wait another 2 1/2 months to get the refund.

fAtherof2 May 20, 2010 at 8:44 am

Approved march 1st and today they finnaly say my check has been issued I’m still going exempt. Until I move back to new orleAns

kc May 20, 2010 at 8:53 am

For the person talking about it is going fo rthe kids and education – I am a teacher and could use the money i earned that they over taxed me on and that they are getting to draw interest on instead of me. And that education fund does not support the kids that is what pays salaries supplements – and if people want to gamble it so be it and if we had a lottery in Alabama our education fund would reap the benefits from it and school would the other money accounts used to provide for education. If gambling is taxed we could go back to being above at least Mississppi in education and education funding. Gambling is not an issue that I feel God will look at to see if I get to heaven or not but how I have treated my fellow man. Think about mankind before you start preaching!

Dennis May 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm

If Riley has his way all our tax dollars are going to go to Bingo raids. That sucks.

Rachel May 20, 2010 at 9:29 am


Tamika May 20, 2010 at 9:29 am

My refund was approved on 3/1/10. Today the message says that my check has been issued. It should be direct deposit. I hope I get in a few days.

[email protected] May 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Updated their refund stats this afternoon.
Total Refunds Issued: 557,941 (may 13th) is now 575,772 (may 20th)

tomicheal smith May 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

i was accepted march 1 also i says i should get my check in 12 days does it actually takes 12 days to put something in the mail or do u think we will get it beforethen i sure could used mine sat so i can go see my son play football in prattville

jg May 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I am so happy for those of you who are getting your checks soon (approved march 1) hopefully mine will arrive soon-approve 3/23

G Robin May 20, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Approved March 9—nothing updated on status

Lisa May 21, 2010 at 1:48 am

I was approved 3/1 and my refund this morning via direct deposit!

BrokeInBama May 21, 2010 at 7:25 am

Approved 3-4 Seems as if on Thursday if you check the alabama website you will know if your refund will be issued…I really could use the money to catch up on bills and have gas money to job hunt

Martin May 21, 2010 at 8:01 am

I was approved 3-10-10 and still no refund. It is frustrating.

John May 21, 2010 at 9:49 am

Filed in February w/ still no refund… We should be able to do one of two things: 1) The state should not be able to collect anymore taxes until refund is paid out in full 2) We should be able to charge the state interest for every day they delay or withhold our state income taxes (just like they, any company, or finanicial institution would do if payment was late)…. What rights do we have??? They tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, and for what… Maybe they should take huge salary cuts to offset some of the state budget deficits, they’re already rich/greedy politicians..

R May 21, 2010 at 10:55 am

I completed my taxes via Turbotax, and mailed them in on 2/6/2010. As of today, (5/21), the site claims that they have approved of the refund on 3/3, and for me to wait until the educational fund can issue the $$$.

This is really a bunch of bull cookies, since it’s my money, and I really don’t think the state would like it if I had owed money, but paid it months past the deadline. I doubt they would like it if I had said “Oh! I tried to pay you, but I accidentally put another zero on the mailing address, so I’ll have to send it to you in another 12 weeks!”

Donna May 21, 2010 at 11:02 am

I was approved March 1st and my refund was deposited this morning! WOO HOO! I hope refunds start speeding up for everyone else and you all that are still waiting get yours soon! 🙂

jg May 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

happy for you Donna and all the other March 1st ‘refundees’. mine was approved 3/22 and I am getting very hopeful it will be soon.

justin May 21, 2010 at 11:48 am


Hokes Bluff, AL May 21, 2010 at 9:10 pm


Got a new message today. It was saying received and being processed (we e-filed on 2/2/10), and to expect it in 8-12 weeks (which is long since passed).

Now it says, and I quote, “Your tax return has been received and is still being processed.”

What is going on here??????

fatherof2 May 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

approved on 3/1/2010 recieved my refund today wow what a quick refund that was #getittogetheralabama

Stephanie May 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

we’re still waiting for our non-resident refund that was approved in march … this is freakin’ ridiculous!!! & b/c we’re non-resident it had to be paper filed which is also stupid!

james snider May 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

This is robbery – I want interest on my refund.

Tanya May 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

My refund status said my refund was accepted on 3/8/10 and funds will be issued when available. STILL WAITING. I thing alabama is one of the worst states, and the funniest thing is i don’t even live there i just work there and i have to pay taxes there because i work there don’t see the logics but whatever. Last year i had to wait 3 months for my refund, they need to stop collecting taxes cause i don’t see why they can take take but not able to give.

Erika C May 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Mine was approved 3/4 and when I checked the status today it had changed from “Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund etc.” to “Your tax return has been received and is still being processed.” I’m taking that as a good sign considering the status hasn’t changed since March! Good luck to everyone.

Also, I agree about the Bingo raids being a complete waste of time and money. As if there aren’t better things to focus on? And we should have a lottery instead of having thousands of dollars go to our neighboring states because Alabama residents buy their lottery tickets. Ridiculous!!

Dennis May 23, 2010 at 8:31 am

I was also approved on 3-4 but no change in status as of this morning.

HJB May 23, 2010 at 1:37 am

Does anyone know of any political action group that is doing something about this? I e-filed April 9……..Will I ever get my refund?? If there is anything that can be done about this, I would be willing to get involved. Just wait till voting time! What a wonderful thing to ask candidates.

Charlie May 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Mine was approved on 3/1/10 and I just got it Friday 5/21/10. This may be a clue as to how long you will have to wait.

Annette May 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

Our refund was approved on 3/9/2010 (we filed electronically). As of yet, no refund. This is unacceptable.

Take2Daily May 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

Just look around. School personnel being fired, schools deteriorated, no proper education for special needs, higher ups getting FAT paychecks. We are surrounded by Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Louisiana. All of which have some type of lottery (getting much of it from Alabama residents) and I haven’t heard of any mass corruption, mob affiliates, etc. blasting away on the news. Yet, Riley and his cohorts use those reasons and the bible for keeping Alabama the Beautiful better known as Alabama the Backward. These politicians really do not have our interest at heart. They just want to maintain a strangle hold on the state. I’m still waiting on my refund, receiving the same message “Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund etc.” I seriously think they should pay us daily interest beginning the 31st day after approval.

Sharon May 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

I e-filed on March 3, 2010. The website says “Your refund was approved 3/3/2010.” I’m still waiting. This is ridiculous! The state should have a penalty for late payments just like the taxpayers do!

Dan May 24, 2010 at 1:08 am

Approved 3/2/2010…still waiting. No change in my status message either.
I wonder if it is a first come, first served (FIFO) process or based on refund amount (smallest to largest?). I’m hoping for FIFO since some people who were approved one day before me have started to receive their refund. Although, some (Erika C for example) were approved after me and are seeing message changes…this doesn’t bode well.

Dan May 25, 2010 at 6:36 am

Status updated:
Your refund check has been issued.

You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.

Oddly, I have direct deposit setup, so I don’t expect a check.

Dan May 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Money received today via direct deposit. I looks like the faucet has been turned on. I hope you all don’t have to wait long to receive your money.

Renee May 24, 2010 at 6:56 am

approved 3/9/2010 – nothing

Dennis May 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

Approved 3-4 and still no change in status.

Avery May 24, 2010 at 7:59 am

I was approved in March as well and to this date I have nothing!

Harold May 24, 2010 at 10:12 am

My refund was approved 03/16/2010. The status has not changed!!!!!!!!!

Christina May 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

approved 3/25, no refund yet. I really don’t understand this as I am new to AL. I always received my SC refunds the same week of my federal refunds.

Derek May 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Approved 3/11/10, still have not received my refund.

Brooke May 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

My refund was approved 4/16/10, but since “refunds are issued from the education ripoff fund as fund balances allow”, there’s no telling when I will get it. Maybe I will start calling them twice a day–the main #, not the automated line–to check the status. Why should I be the only one thinking about my refund each day? I’m also adjusting my withholding to the correct amount instead of overpaying by a small amount to make sure I don’t owe. Now the state is going to get about half of what they were getting each month.
If riley would get his head out of his a$$ and focus on running the state instead of **GASP** people playing bingo, maybe the “education fund” wouldn’t be (as) short of funds as the state claims it is.

destiny101301 May 25, 2010 at 6:19 am

I completely agree with you!!! I think Alabama is the only state I have heard of that is deriving their tax refund monies from the State Education Funds. **TOTAL B.S.** What the hell is wrong with putting your money into a slot machine if it will help out the state’s schools? I don’t get it!!! I think if the people of the state want to put their money into a slot machine, that is their business. If they can’t do it in Alabama, like me they are going to go sink their Alabama earned money into another state’s Education Fund!! Riley just does not know how much money is actually leaving the State of Alabama every year due to the incompetence of the state politicians and legislature.

jg May 25, 2010 at 8:00 am

Brooke, is there even a way to call them…other than the automated line. whenever I have tried I get the message that “ALL INQUIRIES REGARDING TAX REFUNDS MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE AUTOMATED HOTLINE”. I would be interested in knowing if there is a way to call and speak to a person.

Brooke May 25, 2010 at 11:45 am

Calling 334-242-1099 goes straight into the “examination unit” (sounds exactly like what the state is doing too–screwing everyone). You can also call 334-242-1170 and ask to talk to someone about your refund and you should get put through to the same office/department.

Good luck.

adian May 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm

approved 3/11/2010 still nothing this sucks

TracieJ May 25, 2010 at 4:54 am

I was approved 3-11-10 and had a change in status today. The ADOR website is stating my refund check has been issued and I should be receiving it in an “estimated” 12 days. FINALLY!!! Good luck to everyone else who’s waiting – maybe it won’t be too much longer.

JT May 25, 2010 at 5:41 am

Approved 3/10. Status changed this week to “Your refund check has been issued. You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.” Why would it take 12 days?

elizabeth May 25, 2010 at 5:41 am

My refund was accepted 3/9/10 and as of today 5/25/10 a check has been issued. It says it could take up to two weeks to receive.

elizabeth May 25, 2010 at 5:42 am

My refund was hand delivered to the Revenue Cabinet. Also the amount is for $1000-$1500 range.

josh May 25, 2010 at 6:03 am

Approved 3/10

my message changed this morning to:You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.

I am waiting on a direct deposit. I wonder when it will post?

Frustrated May 25, 2010 at 7:45 am

Other people who have received theirs have been on Wednesdays and Fridays. I think to that it has to do with how your bank handles direct deposits.

Karen May 25, 2010 at 6:42 am

approved :3/42010
Today my update has changed and refund has been issued should receive within 12 days!!!!! Finally!

Eric May 25, 2010 at 7:29 am

Approved 3/10, status changed today to check issued…blah, blah, blah. Those that have done direct depost, how long has it taken once your message changed?

Frustrated May 25, 2010 at 7:41 am

My status has changed finally!! I was approved March 10. Even though it says “Your refund check has been issued” you will still receive a direct deposit if that is how you set it up.

FINALLY May 25, 2010 at 8:01 am

Yes, Same here! Status finally changed this morning to ‘check has been issued’, efiled 3-3-10, approved 3-4-10, $1400. Seems that those approved first week of March may see their status changed. Thanks to all whom posted your comments, helping the rest of us decipher this MADNESS!

Dennis May 25, 2010 at 8:01 am

Finally a status change… Approved 3-4. Should receive money soon. Its about FREAKING time!!!!
Your refund check has been issued.

You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.

Angie May 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

Well, still nothing as of yet. Approved 3/17….some of you approved just prior to that are now getting your refunds, so hopefully, we are close!! I need my Alabama refund to pay my Federal. God this is nerve racking!! But I am doing the best I can!!
Keep praying and hoping!!!

Angie May 27, 2010 at 6:32 am

Refund approved 3/17/10
Money finally deposited this morning!
Thank goodness! Hang in there, people!!

G Robin May 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

Change of status today, May 25—refund check has been issued. Approved March 9. If things go the way the rest have been going i suppose it will direct deposit on friday. Can’t wait to move out of this state, but in the mean while, i’ll keep giving my “fun” money to georgia. Since they can’t leave the casinos alone, and won’t get the lottery…..

jg May 25, 2010 at 8:27 am

I am getting so anxious and excited about this…today it seems the most recent status changes are March 10th…I was approved March 22 which in “state refund years” could be another 3-4 weeks- but at least there does seem to be some activity. I did change my tax pay at work so as to owe them next year…I had to pay once BIG a few years ago and was not expecting such a big bill, so I changed my deductions to zero and single PLUS added $40 a payday…I know, not smart…but next year will be a different story.

Brooke May 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I hate to owe at the end of the year too, always worried it will be a huge amount. However, this year and a half interest free loan (Jan 09-July 10) we all gave the state has changed my perspective. I am going to do my taxes at the end of each quarter and adjust my withholding accordingly. Hopefully, I will owe the state a few bucks, which I will pay with a check, and “mail” on the last outgoing UPS truck on 4/15/11.

MikeB May 25, 2010 at 9:25 am

Approved on 3/3/2010
My update today has changed, refund has been issued and should receive within 12 days.

I am thinking they do the bank transfers on Wed. – Sat so those who were approved 1st 10 days of March should receive their e-filed returns this week…not sure on the mail ones, but it’s a good day for those of us who were approved.

It looks like they are doing them in groups of 10 days, so maybe March 11 -20 are the next lucky ones.

destiny101301 May 25, 2010 at 11:19 am

Does anyone know what the deadline is for the State of Alabama to complete refunds?

Dennis May 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

They have to start paying interest after July 15th. They give themselves a 90 day repreave from interest while people who owe them money have to give it up ASAP!!

Tom May 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

My status changed this morning to “Your refund check has been issued. You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.”

My efiled return was processed on 3/8/10…finally getting the refund!

jojo May 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Mine was approved around March 3, It is now almost June, and nothing yet. I’m not sure which is worse, the way the government runs or that we keep electing the same knuckleheads to run it!

Amanda May 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm

So the hotline number is unavailable now. My boss got her refund March 20th and she file 2 weeks AFTER me???????

Jim May 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Quit whinning. Right that will fix everything. Hey, I have a better idea, lets all increase our exceptions to 10 as Gail would imply and take our time about paying state taxes when they come due.

Brooke May 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Its not whining. Its venting frustration at a system so corrupt, barack osama would have thought of it himself if someone else hadn’t gotten here before him. FYI, I didn’t like bush either.

josh May 26, 2010 at 5:16 am

approved 3/10
status changed yesterday
funds deposited in my account over night last night.

good luck to those still waiting!

KR May 26, 2010 at 5:51 am

I was approved March 11th and received my refund via direct deposit this morning.

MaryG May 26, 2010 at 5:52 am

I e-filed on 3/31 with Turbo-Tax and got a confirmation from them that the state had accepted my return. Not a word from the State yet. And their website gives you a scary message, that it is unsecure. Don’t think I’ll be putting my SS# in there!! Both the 800 number and another 334-353-2640 said they were non-working numbers. This all sounds like a shady business to me. And what power do we have? Most likely none.

MaryG May 27, 2010 at 7:00 am

Looks like we’re all finally getting our money. Mine was direct deposited today.

jl May 26, 2010 at 5:52 am

Filed 3/13, approved 3/15.
Received (finally!) refund of about $450 by direct deposit today, May 26!

G R Sides May 26, 2010 at 5:52 am

approved 4-13, nothing.

GiveMeMyMoney!!! May 26, 2010 at 5:52 am

Approved 3/8, deposited overnight. Good luck to everyone else. This will never happen to me again. Screw the “Great” State of Alabama.

FRUSTRATED May 26, 2010 at 5:53 am

I posted yesterday my status changed. Approved 3-4, 1400 deposited this morning (5-26). Thanks and hope to not be on this board next year…

Celeste May 26, 2010 at 5:56 am

approved 3/10
received direct deposit this morning! Good Luck!

JT May 26, 2010 at 7:18 am

Approved 3/10. Direct deposit – $488.00 – this morning!

Terry Skaggs May 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

79 days and counting!!!!
Can you believe it?

Dennis May 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

approved 3-4. Received direct deposit this morning. Fingers crossed for the rest of you waiting on your money. Good Luck!!

Frustrated May 26, 2010 at 7:25 am

My status changed yesterday, and I received my refund by direct deposit this morning!! Thank you Lord.

jg May 26, 2010 at 7:26 am

approved 3/22
my status FINALLY changed today to this: “Your refund check has been issued. You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.” this is the first glimmer of hope from them I’ve had in >8weeks.

MikeB May 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

Approved 3/3/2010

Got it Today, Good luck and hope that those that haven’t received their’s will see it soon.

Thanks to who ever hosts this blog and I hope this site is here next year so we can have all the information flow to gives us an idea of when we might get a refund check.,

Denise May 26, 2010 at 11:19 am

Approved 3/8/10, check depoited in my acct today. Good luck everyone, this was a long time coming. Think I’ll make some adjustments so I don’t have to wait for my money next year.

Denise May 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

Approved 3/8, refund deposited in my acct today 5/26. Good luck everyone. This was a long time coming. Think I’ll try to make some adjustments so I can keep my money and I don’t have to wait on them next year.

Brooke May 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I checked again today, same info. Since the state likes to borrow, without permission, compensation, or a return date, my money, I believe next year I will file my taxes as soon after I get my w-2 as possible. And if I owe any money (to the state, since the fed in this case actually does the right thing), I will UPS it or pay it with plastic at the last minute on April 15.
Think about it. The state gets a free loan for more than a year, then, when they FINALLY deem you worthy of returning YOUR money, they charge you tax on the loan you gave them. If it looks like a scam, sounds like a scam . . . it must be unjust enrichment
If they would just do the right thing, people wouldn’t be so ticked off.
I would love to know how many high level state politicians are waiting on their refunds (um, NONE??). Politicians need to be reminded that we don’t work for them—they work for us. THE PEOPLE. The Taxpayers. Without us, they don’t have a job.

FRUSTRATED May 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Approved March 08, 2010. Status changed March 24, 2010, saying that refund has been issued. Still waiting on direct deposit. Nothing as of 7:00 this evening. Just how long does a direct deposit take?

jg May 27, 2010 at 5:06 am

approved 3/22
my money showed up this morning. my status changed yesterday and I got the money today-thank you again for this site so we could know what was going on

Amy May 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

Approved 4/14/10 (yes, I waited until almost the last minute). Nothing. It looks like I will be waiting until 7/15/10, which is the date by law they have to have remitted all refunds. Who knows maybe we’ll get it in late June!

Kami May 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

This is our first year living in Alabama. How do we adjust our withholdings if they ask for the number of dependents? Do we just lie and say we have more? And when I try that, it only changes it by a few dollars for each paycheck.

ALF May 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

Approved 3/29
Status changed to the check issued / 12 day message this morning.
Check was direct depoited this morning also!!!

nabell May 27, 2010 at 9:52 am

Finally, $$$ were deposited 5-26-10. Approved 3-5-10.

Lindsey May 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

Approved 3/30/10, refund direct deposited into my account today.

James Windham May 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

mailed paper form the first of february finally approved April 13th but still waiting for check

Karen Wingo June 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

We filed ours ELECTRONICALLY on 2/3, and still says they are processing it.

This is theft by the state, plain and simple. We paid that money in to the state in good faith, and they mismanaged it, then make US WAIT??


Diane May 28, 2010 at 6:13 am

approved 4/15—nothing yet

Keta May 28, 2010 at 7:21 am

Approved 3/15/10, refund still hasn’t been deposited, which is now starting to worry me after reading some of your comments. Should I call and check?

Brooke May 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

As long as they are holding my money, without compensating me, I will call them at least once a day to talk to them about it.
It probably won’t do any good, since they told me refunds are processed in the order they came in (which doesn’t look true by this board). However, it lets me vent my frustrations and explain to them I am a person with a family, and bills, and there is no good reason I don’t have my money yet.
Call them.

j. brown May 29, 2010 at 1:45 am

Whats the number? The one I call doesnt let you talk to anyone, just asks for your tax return information and then tells you if your approved.

holmes May 28, 2010 at 8:05 am

i was approved on 4/5 and haven’t recieved anything yet

FRUSTRATED May 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

I don’t understand. I was approved March 08, 2010. My status changed finally to check has been issued on May 24, 2010. It was supposed to be DP but have not posted to my account yet. As of today, it hasn’t come in the mail either. What the hell is going on? Where is my money?

kathryn May 29, 2010 at 9:25 am

Mine was approved 3/9/10, status changed on 5/24/10 and I haven’t seen mine post to my account yet either. Hopefully it will this week. It has me worried because others have gotten their’s on like the 25th or 26th. Good luck

Peter May 29, 2010 at 1:45 am

approved 4/6 and still nothing

j. brown May 29, 2010 at 1:45 am

I mailed my return in FEB. 20 and it hasnt been approved, now its MAY 28 did they even get? Should I e-file? You cant even talk to a person this sucks!

Herman May 31, 2010 at 1:03 am

Approved 04/12. Nothing Yet

Jack and Bunny Wilson May 31, 2010 at 1:04 am

With our luck we most likely will not be receiving our refund that was approved 4/5/2010.
We do, however, hope that our Dark Cloud will move on, and our luck will change.

Beverly June 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Approved 3/3 and status changed to 12day message last week but nothing yet. But 12 more days is not a big deal after waiting this long.

chris June 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

sent return 3-15, refund approved 4-6. No check yet- sent email to rev dept and they said trust fund pays education costs first- refunds if anything left–i want to take that approach to paying the taxes–pay my bills first, if something left- will pay tax..

Darlene June 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

This is the first year that I’m getting a decent amount and guess what?????? I’m still waiting. Good luck to everyone who’s waiting – hope you receive it soon.

Michele June 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

I am thankful for this site, and all of the info everyone has provided. It seemed to have been moving along, and this week… just stopped 🙁 approved 4/5


Keta June 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

I’m so thankful for this site. It makes me feel better to hear some of your stories because I was thinking maybe it got deposited in the wrong account. I hope I’m in the next wave of deposit though. I NEED that money. I am still calling the hotline. Does anyone have a number so that I can talk to a real person?

jg June 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

try this # 334-242-1170-someone earlier posted it.

j. brown June 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Thanks jg I called that # 334-242-117 and got to speak to a real person! They told me that they never got my 40A tax form in the mail and I should resend it.(Only two more months of waiting).Since im getting money back I have until the 15th of October 2010 to file.

Judy June 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm

My refund was approved on April 16 and still nothing . I spoke to someone at 334-242-1170 and they told me that the person that handles the refunds is the State Comptroller Tom White he is checking on my refund and will be getting back to me this evening . If anyone else wants to talk to the main source the # is 334-242-7063.

Kelly June 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

My refund was approved on 4/2/10. Nothing, nothing, nothing

monica June 4, 2010 at 7:57 am

sent in feb approved 4/19 still waiting sure could use MY MONEY NOW

jenn June 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Website only tells me that they are “working” on getting my refund to me. That it was approved 04/05. No time frame given. And, oh yeah, a great big ole’ “Thanks for your patience”. As if we have a choice.

bec June 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I am confused!! I have recieved the same messasge “your refund has been approved and will be issued as funds are available” for the past month. Tonight I checked the website and it says “your return has been received and is being processed”. How did I go backwards?? I went from accepted, processing, approved, and back to processing. Any thoughts??

lc June 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

This happened to me last week and then it changed back to the original message. I don’t know what the dickens that was all about. Kind of scared me. It only stayed in the processing status for a few days before returning to the same boring message.

Rick June 5, 2010 at 2:03 am

Approved 4/12 still same message as above.

Alabama pays 4% that starts to be assessed on July the 16th correct?
If you are late $50.00 or 10% whichever is higher and 1.5% a month. What kind of ripoff is this?

B June 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

Well, here it is June!!! I filed in Feb and still not refund. Last year, I didn’t get mine until November. Freaking ridiculous!!!

Leslie June 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

Yeah, and they have no problem taking what we owe them!!

Leslie June 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

Mine was approved on 4/5 also, and nothing!!!!

NC June 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

According to ADOR – return approved 4/6 – STILL WAITING (6/6/10)

Ellen June 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

Approved 4/15 – nothing yet. It’s surprising to me that the federal tax refunds are sent out much faster than the state refunds.

julie June 7, 2010 at 1:23 am

Approved 4/10 still nothing. This is so crazy. I have never had to wait on a refund before. Alabama wants their money but when they owe you it is too bad. We really need a lottery in Alabama.

Karen June 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm

What we really need is for the state of Alabama to have a better way to fund Education. It is horrible that we are held hostage by this tax law as well as the schools.

Chris June 7, 2010 at 5:21 am

My tax filing was accepted by the State of Alabama electronically on April 6, 2010. As of June 7, no refund. Extremely frustrating. If the situation was reversed, Alabama would not allow me to wait this long to pay my taxes. Seems likes an unfair double standard.

Brooke June 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

According to the state (and government has been known to be less than truthful), they pay refunds as they are come in and money is available. Amount has nothing to do with when it is paid. . .I wonder how many elected people/politicians are waiting on refunds. . .
Anyway, anyone still waiting can call the state at 334-242-1099. Maybe if we all call them enough, they will get the message they need to get their act together and pay the money they owe. As long as they me money, they will spend part of each day telling me the status of my refund and why it is legal to take money, and return it (maybe) whenever with no compensation whatsoever.
After all, we don’t get the luxury of saying:
“I know I owe you money per my tax preparation completed on XX/XX/2010. Payments are issue from the Miscellaneous Funds Account as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured I am doing everything possible to expedite your payment.”

d chamblee June 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I know why. Governor Riley has spent all the money for our childrens education and state tax refunds on closing down bingo halls in the state. Many an alabama citizen has lost their jobs because of these closings. Young women with children to feed. Politicians are so out of touch with reality. The average person is struggling. Many elderly must decide between medicine or food. Whos cares about bingo when most alabamians earn less than a living wage. We live in one of the poorest states in the country. Big business is used to paying immigrants and foriegn workers less than a living wage now they expect americans to do the same. Our own government mismanages the tax dollars they receive from hard working americans. While they, their spouses and children have far more luxiries, large homes, expensive cars. There children drive better cars than someone that has worked and struggled to raise their families. How much does the rich honestly need to survive. How many material possessions does one need to be happy. Politicians need to rethink there own lives and values. Jesus never owned a thing while on this earth.

chris June 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm

i called the 1-800-558-3912 and after entering information, the voice stated that my refund had been approved (approved on april 6) and that it would be paid “IN THE DUE COURSE OF BUSINESS”. What in the H does that mean? The state of Alabama is so corrupt and mismanaged-they make all the rules. Maybe if enough of the working tax paying population start to make their voices known by throwing out all state politicians, including the idiots that are running, and replacing them with businessmen and women who know how to manage something, we will see a better day.

chris June 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

just FYI i spoke to a real person at 334-242-1099 and she said refunds are running at least 4 months from date of approval!

greg June 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Yeah, you are probally right, providig a place for the poor to speed their grocery money will help. Legal gambling is abuse of the poor – Jesus would have stood against it – so do I – this refund stuff however is driving me crazy

destiny101301 June 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm

So, if the refunds are falling 4 months behind and I was approved 4/15/2010, then I am not expected to receive my refund until sometime in August. Does that mean that the Alabama Department of Revenue will have to pay interest on the money they owe me because it will be refunded after the deadline of July15? Can someone clarify this for me?

Liz June 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I filed on march 25 and I’m getting over $800.00 back. I called today and was told that it was approved and I would receive my refund in “due course of business”. What the h*&*)K does that mean??? I agree, I’d rather owe them, than them owe me.!! I’m a little more responsible that they are.. I PAY my bills on time!!!!

VKnight June 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Approved on 4-16, same answer as everyone else, ‘when available’. Wish I could pay all my bills when the money ‘was available’. I hear they pay 4% which starts accruing after July 16th, so I bet they will try to get a good bit of them paid before then because they won’t want to pay the interest. We’ll see…..

Confused June 10, 2010 at 2:54 am

Article in Times Daily
Quoted word for word.
Has anyone even noticed the delay in refund?

The wait for state income tax refunds should be over by July for most Alabamians who filed their state income tax return on time, state Finance Director Bill Newton said.
While Alabama delayed payment of some income tax refunds into the fall in 2009 because of a slowdown of state tax revenue, Newton said he sees no comparable delay this year.
As of Wednesday, the Alabama Revenue Department had processed 1,812,643 state tax returns this year. Of that number, the state issued 905,347 refunds totaling $430,693,443.
Revenue Department spokeswoman Carolyn Blackstock said for the same period in 2009, the state had processed 1,777,150 tax returns. Of that number in 2009, the state paid 978,930 refunds totaling $429,955,854.
By the time the state completed refunds to taxpayers in the fall, 1.3 million Alabama taxpayers received $659 million in refunds.
For taxpayers who believe their tax refund is later than it should be, the Revenue Department website has a tool where they can track their return’s status.
Plug “Alabama Individual and Corporate Income Tax Refund” into your Internet browser to access the “Where is my Refund” form. Then fill in information requested on the form to learn the status of your return.

M.J. Ellington Times Daily

Amanda June 10, 2010 at 7:50 am

When I call the hotline number, it says its not in service??

Savannah March 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Probably couldn’t pay the phone bill

Trisha June 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I sent it in the first of april and they are saying they have no information and to look back to see if everything is right. H&R block is the ones that put it in envelope and said to mail it. Im wondering if they even got it. What should I do? This is state is horrible I was in kentucky and i got it like a month later if that.

monica June 11, 2010 at 5:15 am

our refund was approved 4/19/2010. Refunds are issued from the Education Trust Fund as fund balances allow. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.

i’m so sick and tired of seeing this ok there for one week people were getting there money for the month of april approved and now we are at a stand still again this is BS big time BS
i WANT MY MONEY NOW I NEED MY MONEY NOW…… wow didnt do any good 4% BS my interest rate for not getting my money on time is 10 % they can set the standard and make us wait we should set teh % rate

chris June 11, 2010 at 6:26 am

they make all the rules and are totally inept at managing money. If you consider the fact that the state started withholding these monies in January 2009. They keep it all year, wait til you file in 2010, then decide when to give you your money back. Its our money. we earned it. we need it. But becasue they spend more than they have, they use our money to cover their incompetence at cash flow management. Time to vote them out and get someone in there who can run the state like a business, not like a politician.

brenda June 11, 2010 at 6:53 am

been waiting for 4 months on mine ,this is really insane. Alabama dont you understand how bad people really need there money. look you had no problem taking the state tax ,Now give us our return!!!!!

Lori June 11, 2010 at 8:33 am

Approved 4/6 still waiting. The horrible news is just about everyone I know has had their exemptions changed to the point NO state taxes come out of their checks due to this. People I know said they would rather pay then wait SEVERAL months for their money, so they are using a savings account for their est state taxes. In turn the state is NOT getting ANY tax money to pay our refunds, and the smart people are now making a little interest off their money they are going to use to pay their taxes with. I am really considering this also. Maybe we all should!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shawn June 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I have changed my withholding from $20/week to $2/week, and if I owe anything I will pay it electronically 4/15/11 at 11:58pm.
Why should alabma the corrupt get an interest free loan for a year and a half? They won’t from my money any more.

Lori June 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Hmmm file extension on state taxes? then paper mail them the day of the deadline of the extension with a check would be even better.

Lori June 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Update as of today the website shows;
Your refund check has been issued.
You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe
Dont know how accurate this is though and IF the check has really been issued or is it a glich in the system because I too had a time of repeat where the website went back to the “we have recieved your taxes and are processing……”

Charlotte June 12, 2010 at 5:45 am

Well, I filed electronically on 4/15/10 and it was accepted and approved on 4/17/10. Then a week later the website stated that my tax return was being processed. As someone earlier stated, I went backwards. But I think they just don’t have anyone that is updating the website and the information. In fact, I don’t think they know what is gong on, which is not suprising. After all this wait, I recently changed my exemptions for state taxes. I will not wait next year for money they owe me. They can wait for me next year……..Let’s see how they like that. They are keeping all the money until the last day to draw interest. You will see that a zillion returns will be paid on or before July 14, 2010………Lots of luck to everyone.

Aimee June 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

I am in the middle of a bitter divorce, and I have no idea if our income tax has arrived or not because my soon to be x will get it in the mail, not me. We sent it in 04/02/2010. Several of you have checked your status online it but I do not know how to do that electronically-can someone re post the website they are using? I will try all the phone numbers on Monday. I did a search and all the ones I checked either no longer existed or are security blocked before you can even enter any information. I have to cosign the check when it does arrive, but I am not sure he would not forge it.

CLL June 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Last year we owed them money, and when it was not paid within 30 days, they were sending a letter saying they were coming after us with a lein on our house. Seems that language should work both ways, we should be suing them.

Approved April 5th for $777 – almost 120 days and still nothing.

Doug June 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I know tis might sound terrible but I think the State of Alabama is now trying to get the refund money from BP….. It seems as if it is thier fault that Alabama cannot manage thier money and now trying to sue BP? We just moved to Alabama last year and have concluded that the State of Alabama is a great place to live, unless you are counting on a refund to be on time… What a joke. We are letting people run this state and they cannot even manage getting refunds out in what I consider a “reasonable time”. What happens when our bills are not paid on time? BTW I think the oil spill is tragic and BP should be responsible to pay ALL monies owed because of thier neglect. BUT NOT ALABAMA’S EDUCATIONAL FUND….

CLL June 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Instead of worrying about gambling, maybe Riley should worry about paying his bills.

this is BS June 14, 2010 at 9:33 am

This is such BS. I have bills to pay and have lost my job. Cheating, lying, stealing politicians. I worked with a legislator’s wife and what an unethical you know what. I can GUARANTEE you she did not wait for her refund, nor did her husband. Things today certainly are not like when my grandmother was my age. This is RIDICULOUS.

Laura June 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Approved 1st of April…it is now June 14th and nothing

Melinda June 15, 2010 at 7:09 am

I was hoping that I would get on here and find information that would make me feel better, but it looks like there are plenty of people whose were approved even before mine who haven’t gotten there… Maybe I’ll get it by next year…

Tara Hall June 15, 2010 at 7:10 am

Last year our return was received April 15th but not approved until September!! I had to call the governor’s office and demand our money (at the time we had 2 house mortgages and they had 3 months worth of mortgages in their coffers)..after speaking directly to the governor’s assistant and several people in Montgomery, I received my refund mid-December!!
This year it says it was approved April 15th but still no refund…I’m about to start making some phone calls. Can one of our representatives not put in place a legislative action that will FORCE Alabama to pay the refunds back in 4 weeks or less or we get penalty fees, and I mean SUBSTANTIAL penalty fees…last year I was told the government would have to start paying interest if I had not received my refund by October!!! Well, guess what, $6000 withheld over 3 months resulted in a whopping interest amount of $12….something is wrong here!!!

monica June 15, 2010 at 7:52 am

well let see i sent in on feb 24th was approved april 19th here june 15th and it still says the same thing we they get the money what the hell is that we cant do that with our bills we owe they say no money no phone no electric……….. i need my money we all need our money and alabama needs to be held accountable for this bull sh**………………

Paul June 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

Approved 5-13 and no check for me yet …
Times like this I wish we had a lottery or gambling @ least the state
would have more of a tax base to get money from !

Frank V Lauria June 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

If WE are late with a tax payment don’t we have to pay a late fee or something? The same should apply to the state holding OUR money. We should get interest on this money they’re keeping from us.

Surely there are ways to juggle or sell State assets to get this money paid out.

Lamar June 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

How would Alabama feel if we decided not to pay our state taxes each week and at the cash register and the gas pumps.
Seems they don’t mind taking our money but giving back what we are entitled isn’t possible.

What a screwed up bunch of politicians. Hey, lets let more illegal aliens come in and take up all our tax money on free education and welfare while we all sit waiting on our refund.

Mike June 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

Our state return was approved on April 16th and no refund yet……….

chris June 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

apprvd 4-6. nothing. this is 6-15, 11 weeks so far. we need to find a way to unite and do something about this total mismanagement of OUR money. Any ideas?

Shawn June 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

Change your deductions so that you get part of your refund back each pay period. If/when you get your refund from the state, you can put it in a savings acct (then you can earn interest on your money) and use it to pay the state next year–at the last minute.

necole June 16, 2010 at 7:00 am

I filed my state return electronically on Feb. 18, 2010 and I still waiting as of to date June 15, 2010. What’s really going on? I have increased my dependant deductions in order to have less money taken from my paycheck for this year. I guess for the next tax filing term the state will have to wait on me.

don June 16, 2010 at 7:00 am

approved april 5th FILED ONLINE NO REFUND YET!!!!!!

Christy June 17, 2010 at 2:06 am

My refund was approved on April 6th, 2010. I still don’t have my refund as of June 16th and it looks like from what I have read on other websites that they don’t necessarily have to pay me my refund. However if I owed money I would have to pay the money I owed to the state why do they not have to follow the same laws as we do??

Vickisec June 17, 2010 at 2:06 am

I filed my refund 4/15/2010 still no refund. I guess we will have to wait till next year to get our money. When I did not pay my state taxes last year they garnished my payck.

Charlotte June 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Called the Alabama Dept of Revenue today. “We are sending out refunds as quickly as possible.” This is the standard reply from anyone you speak to at the Revenue Dept. I changed my deductions on my paycheck. I will no longer be one of the waiting people next year. I am sure they will make sure they contact me immediately if I owe them anything next year. But I will send them a letter with the following message, “I am sending you my taxes I owe as quickly as possible.”

Pat Nesberg June 21, 2010 at 6:47 am

This is probably the best answer across the state. Many of us have too much withheld, and the government is counting on money that really isn’t theirs to count on. A statewide movement to reduce withholdings may get a message across.

Shawn June 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

What’s sad is that the longer they take to pay people’s refunds, the less extra people will pay in, which means less money going into the education fund during the year. Not that w/h should be put into the education fund to begin with, but now it will REALLY be short of money because more people than ever will choose to pay in April instead of getting a refund whenever.
You’d think someone would realize this.

amanda June 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

Still waiting on my refund..the website has been saying the same thing for about 15 weeks, you return has been received and is being processed you should receive your check in 8 to 12 weeks. my account number changed and it was direct deposit..will they just send me a check in the mail?????

Bev June 18, 2010 at 9:49 am

Moved here from KS. last year in July. We have never experienced anything like this in the past with federal or state refunds. When our refund got delayed in KS. it was about 1-2 weeks later than norm; not months and months later. I have tried contacting several places and cannot get an answer expect that our st. return was accepted and we should get our refund sometime???? I guess we will adjust our tax withholdings mid year 2010 so we won’t have this problem again. At this rate I doubt we will ever see our refund from 09. This is a very sad situation.

Charlotte June 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I moved here from Ohio. Don’t expect much from Alabama as far as your refund is concerned. I think if everyone on this website would just change their deductions so that the state would not receive tax money then we would not have to sit and wait until they decide to cut a check or make a direct deposit. When the state starts to come up short on their tax revenue, they will decide to act in a responsible way, just as we did by having the taxes deducted from our checks. When we stop the deductions and letting them use our money for free, they will act. I do believe.

CLL June 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Approved 4/5 – nothing yet. We should start a Facebook group called “Alabama Pay Your Tax Refunds or Pay Double Interest”
or “Bob Riley Focus on Paying Your Citizens and not Gambling”

Pat Nesberg June 21, 2010 at 7:14 am

I did it. It’s called: Alabama Pay Your Tax Refunds!

Anyone may join.

Charlotte June 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Good News CLL, you should be getting your refund this week, let me know when you do, if you do? I agree with you about Riley, he needs to focus more on the State Budget and forget about the gambling issue. He has spent more money from the Education Fund for “Bingo Raids” and this is one reason why we cannot get our refunds in a timely manner. Wouldn’t you just like to know how much each one of those raids cost we tax payers. I think I might try to find out and post it….

Jean June 23, 2010 at 7:37 am

Great ideas, LOL.

Charlotte June 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

Surprise, website stated there was an error on my tax refund. I called Revenue dept. They had made an error of $45.00 on my refund. I received a letter two days later stating that the error had been corrected and that I had received $0.00 on my refund and that the $45.00 would be added to my $0.00 refund amount. That is the dumbest letter I have ever read. Oh well, I guess they will get my refund amount correct. They told me on the phone that my tax return was received and approved and would be issued in the due course of business. Yeah, in about another 10 weeks. I have already waited 10 weeks, but they only have until July 15, 2010 without interest of no significance.

holmes June 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

well i recieved my state income tax but guess what my name was error so they told me to send it back so i don’t know how long will it take for this to be corrected

Sherrie June 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I filed my state tax return electronically on February 6th. As of today, the website and the hotline says it is being processed. Why? What does that mean exactly? It has been over 4 months since the state received and accepted my return surely someone or thing has looked at it, dissected, pulled it apart inside and out by now to process it and can change the status to either approved, denied or need more information……something. Legally how much time does a state have to process a return? And once processed does this mean I will be waiting another 4 months for my money? And will I get interest on it? I have questions and need answers. When I call, I get the same canned response! Help! Help! HELP!

Charlotte June 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Talked with The Controller’s office today, very nice lady answered the phone and was very cooperative. What a switch. She said they are paying tax refunds dated up to April 7, 2010 this week. If anyone falls in that date frame, you will get it this week……..Isn’t that news. One more thing she said was they just did not have the money……ummmmm, wonder what they did with all of our money that we paid in? Isn’t that a comforting thing to know they have no money.
But she did say they will get all tax refunds paid by July 15, 2010 because they could not pay interest.

Connie Carlisle July 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Guess they didn’t make that July 15th date, huh?

Susan June 22, 2010 at 7:22 am

Approved on 4/8/2010. Checked online status and it is still saying that the refund will be issued whenever the fund balance allowed. But my refund deposit did shown up in my bank account. You probably can check your bank account to see if your refund has been issued.

Gwen June 22, 2010 at 7:22 am

My return was approved in April and I am still waiting!! When are they going to send out these checks!

Anita June 22, 2010 at 7:22 am

Thank you Charlotte for that update! I have been wondering when my refund would show up in my account. Geez Bob Riley and all those doing the Bingo Raids need to go !!!

Jean June 23, 2010 at 7:38 am

I am so over this. I am withholding ALL my state withholding until it adds up to my refund amount or I get MY refund. And next year, I will mail a check via the slowest way possible that is not the post office. So I guess that would be the 2nd slowest way possible.
bingo bob and his moral/bully buddies need to get their heads out of their a$$es and run the state, because if they have money to blow doing “raids”, they sure as heck have money to pay us ON TIME.

Marie June 23, 2010 at 7:38 am

If anyone knows the number to the comptroller, pleave provide. I would like to find out about my refund.?

Jean June 24, 2010 at 11:20 am

I have comptroller # as 334-242-1170, but you have to ask for his office. Good luck.

PsyDiva June 23, 2010 at 7:38 am

Mine was accepted 04/17…Here it is June 23rd and still NOTHING. I really need my money because I am about to move for graduate school in a few weeks. This is truly ridiculous and rather unfortunate. God bless everyone that has a family and are still waiting on their refunds…

CC June 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Just spoke with Alabama State Income Tax Office, and yes I spoke with a live person @ 334-242-1170! All State income tax refunds must be issued by July 15~ state can’t afford to pay interest!

Jennifer June 24, 2010 at 4:33 am

Hey, I got the same message (as above) finally today (June 24):

“Your refund check has been issued.
You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe ”

H&R submitted mine about a few days before April 15th. I was pretty surprised to see this message today, and the fact that the post above, says the same looks pretty optimistic folks! Maybe they are trying to get it right under the July 15th deadline afterfall.

Amy June 24, 2010 at 8:11 am

Mine was accepted on 4/14. I finally have the comment that my refund has been issued and that I should receive it in about 12 days. My mother-in-law had theirs accepted at the first of the month and it was direct deposited yesterday. So maybe there is hope!

monica June 24, 2010 at 8:47 am

holy batman seen that some were getting there’s mine was approved 4/19 today i look and this is what i see
Your refund check has been issued.

You should receive your refund in approximately 12 days. However, please be aware that this is only an estimate and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your refund within this timeframe.

now when it gets here then i will BELIEVE IT

Timeka June 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

Finally. . My message has changed. Filed 4/19 and the message says check has been issued!!!

Jacquelyn June 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

Our refund was approved on 2/25 and then returned by the bank on May 7th due to the fact that it did not have a last name on the refund and the bank could not verify the account. So I just spoke to a very nice lady at the department of revenue and she said that because of that it has to be re-processed (it waslike the state didn’t receive the returned until May 8th) and as of today it had not been approved for a paper check. GREAT! It sounds like it is going to take another 4 months before we get our refund.

Jennifer June 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

Jacquelyn, what do yo mean exactly? They sent a check with just your first name? Just curious.

Jennifer June 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

Jacquelyn, what do you mean exactly? They sent you a refund check without your last name? Was it direct deposit?

Jacquelyn June 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

My refund was direct deposited but because the state did not include my last name only the first name the bank could not verify that the account was the correct account to deposit the refund into so therefore the bank rejected the deposit. So we are now again having to go through the waiting game of having the refund processed, then approved, wait another 3 – 6 months to get a paper check. So, I’m sure it will be sometime in the winter before we get our refund since it hasn’t been approved for a paper check yet.

Jean June 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

My status changed today to the “you SHOULD (key word) get refund in about 12 days”. Right, because the state is so reliable. I am still keeping my withholding until the money is actually deposited, then I will start back withholding the absolute minimum amount.
Next year, I plan to file as early as possible to get my federal refund since it is paid about 2 weeks after filing, and the state can wait until I send a check on 4/15/11.
Maybe if enough people lower their withholding to the minimum and pay on the last day. . . It won’t change anything, but the state can wait on our money from now on.

Judy June 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Thank God My message has changed. Filed 4/15 and the message says check has been issued!!! It changed status this morning and I checked my account just now and it is in the bank Thank you Jesus he is the only one getting the credit for this.

Charlotte June 25, 2010 at 6:34 am

Got my direct deposit today……..Wonders of all wonders. They are really getting them out so they don’t have to pay any interest to us for using our money for so long…..But I am happy to receive it, it ony took 3 months……

monica June 25, 2010 at 6:40 am

mine i guess is coming in a check no direct deposit here but a tleast my status changed lol now lest see if i get a check hopefully my last name is on it

TiddlyWink June 26, 2010 at 6:24 am

I mailed mine and it was signed for on 4/14. Several weeks later, it said that my tax return had been received, then a few weeks later it said that my tax return is being processed. it has been saying that same thing forever. I’m seeing comments from people who filed a few days later than I did and their reports give that their tax return has been issued and should be received in 12 days. Has anyone encountered problems with their refunds and had to have problems fixed? What does that message say?

bec June 26, 2010 at 7:09 am

My status changed this morning to your refund has been issued. Do they only direct deposit on Friday? How long do I have to hold my breath until it is actually in my bank account??

monica June 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

well it only took 4 months to get and i got my refund check today from them and guess what my last name was on it woooooooo hoooooo finally now to pay some freaking bills

Michele June 28, 2010 at 5:18 am

approved 4/5, received direct deposit Friday! Good luck to all are waiting, appears they are making progress

Terry June 29, 2010 at 2:05 am

FYI – Sent it to them March 8 and got the check last Saturday June 26 (made out correctly).

Jean June 29, 2010 at 11:56 am

I got my federal refund by direct deposit, and thought my state refund was that way too, but I FINALLY got MY money yesterday the 28th, dated the 23rd. Good luck to the rest of you!

jennifer June 30, 2010 at 12:30 am

Received mine in the mail yesterday!

Charlotte June 30, 2010 at 3:29 am

Well, I finally received my tax refund last week. It was direct deposited on Wednesday. They are really getting them out before July 15, because they do not want to pay any interest. Although it is such a little interest. They used our money as long as they could. Now they are paying up. I am glad, I hope everyone out there finally gets their money……We should have had it earlier, but at least we got it…..Some states like California that sent out IOU’s. So I am happy that at least I got my refund…. Good luck, but do keep us posted…..

Robyn July 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

We sent ours in Jan 28th and it still stated being processed!! This is crazy!!

Shawn July 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Have you called them about it? If they’vs paid refunds filed in April, you should have had your money way before now if you filed in January. You can also start taking less withholding, so your check will be a little bigger, and it will be that much less to wait on again next year.

Good Luck.

Robyn July 3, 2010 at 5:02 am

Yes we di. I filed for mine in April and says its approved and will be sent out but my partner filed hers electronicly in Jan and still says processing. When we called they said they cant do anything about it..Yeah right. I so mad.

James Windham July 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Filed first of Feb approved thirteenth of April…Finally got our check this week

Karen Wingo July 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm

February 2nd…electronically filed.

As of today, I still get the “We have received your return and it’s being processed…blah blah blah…”


Debbie July 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I filed electronically on 4/15 and I elected to have a direct deposit. That bank account was closed out accidentally and I didn’t know that so when they tried to deposit it around 6/28 it was rejected. Now I am back to “refund has been approved but we don’t have any money for you right now” !! Well..most of you know the exact message by heart by now 🙂 They said they had to start all over again since my refund now has to be done by mailing a check. It took 2 1/2 months first time around so I’m thinking maybe I’ll get it around Thanksgiving!

Derick July 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Did mine on Feb 18 and the website still says it hasnt received it yet.

Sherry July 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Its the 15th anyone still waiting for their refund? Are they suppose to pay us intrest after tomorrow?

Shawn July 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm

They are (or claimed so when I spoke spoke to them in June) supposed to start paying interest as of July 16, 2010. The whopping rate was 4%, but the rate will change each quarter.
You can also start to get your net refund for this year by changing your current deductions since the refund is from overpaid taxes anyway.The same goes for reducing the any possible tax payment for next year. Worst case scenario, you’ll owe taxes you can pay on April 15, 2011.

Hope you get Your money soon.

Dennis Zander July 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

When am I going to get my state refund, I had my taxes done in March?

Connie Carlisle July 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I have been waiting on my refund for exactly 100 days today!! I know the education fund is empty I have two children in school. The $1471 they owe me would sure help with school registration fees, (between the two I paid $395 this week) and supplies, and uniforms. I wil have less withheld from my wages this year. No more letting them use my money interst free.

Ed August 6, 2010 at 7:18 am

It is now August 8 and I have yet to receive my return from AL state. We filed in early Feb. and nothing. Is there anyone out there that still has not received theirs? Does anyone know what the interest rate is on late returns? I would like to have that info handy when the time comes.

Debbie August 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Ed…I filed on 4/15 and haven’t received mine yet. I emailed them (they’re actually very quick about answering) this week and was told they didn’t know when mine would go out or when anymore would be going out yet. The last I heard the interest rate was 4% but I’m not sure about that.

MARIE September 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm


Linda Jackson August 7, 2010 at 12:27 am

I filed my taxes in January. It’s August and STILL no refund. The site to check the status says the same thing it said in January. I’ll be receiving my refund in 8-12 weeks. HA! What a load of crap. If I had known how screwed up this state is, I would never have moved here!!!

Matt H August 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I got a good one for you – I filed in March, and still haven’t received my refund. But on top of that, the State swears on a stack of regulation books that they already deposited it into my account back in June. I have pestered them enough that they are offering to put a trace on it with the bank, but they said it could take several weeks. Not sure how that is – I can trace a wire at my bank and get answers in a day or two.

Debra August 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I filed electronically in January with Turbo Tax, and as of today, 19 August, nothing.

Ed August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Make sure you call in. I wish I still had the number on hand so I can post it. They sent mine out on May 25th to the WRONG ADDRESS. I looked back at our files and it had the correct address listed but they still sent it to the wrong one. It has been sitting in Montgomery since JUNE.

Cherie H August 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

We filed in April… still no refund. I called and was told that our refund had been approved, but we’re still waiting for our money. This is so frustrating, because they can not give you a date, etc.

Connie Carlisle August 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I’m still waiting also, but what really ticked me off this morning, was when I heard that they just used $3 million of the education trust fund for campaign fees. Excuse me? Didn’t they ask me on my return if I wanted to donate to a campaign fee and I said “NO”!

LB August 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

We filed our income taxes electronically at the end of February 2010 and still have not received our estimated refund of $1,000!! We have been checking with them, and they finally said via e-mail that said “At this time refunds are not being issued due to a shortage of funds. We
cannot give a date when refunds will be issued.”

Nice, huh?!!

Jessica August 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I had my taxes done in March but I sent them out on April 13. Still no refund. I really hate this state.

MARIE September 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm


Kevin September 7, 2010 at 6:11 am

Wow, still so many people with issues. I highly recommend you call in to make sure they received your return and are processing it. Unbelievable.

D Moore September 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

Son just told me he hasn’t recv’d his return. ‘Where’s My Refund’ states – has been received and still being processed….It was submitted the first of April. What’s up with that???

Alabama Taxes September 24, 2010 at 12:01 am

I want to file my Alabama state taxes. Give me a proper guideline for Alabama state tax filing and how can I check my tax refund status.

Christie September 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

We filed with the state of Alabama in March….it is now almost Oct. and we still have not received our refund. WE live in Texas, but my husband worked in Alabama for about 8 months last year. I am ABOLUTELY disgusted with the State of Alabama and how they handle their refunds!

Debbie September 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I filed in April and still haven’t received my refund.

I’ve been emailing their help desk once a month. Their reply yesterday was that they had heard there would be more returns processed by the end of this (Sept) month.

I checked status online this morning and lo and behold it shows refund check mailed and I should receive within 12 days. I can’t believe it. Actually I still don’t. Not until it’s in my mailbox!

beightol October 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

ok so its 10/10/10 and we are still waiting on our state tax refund they say its been approved but that they dont have money to pay me that i would be luck to get it by december 10 anyone else with the same problem

Makija October 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

I still haven’t received mine either and they told me the exact same thing. I filed mine back in July, and here it is October. This is ridiculous. What makes this worse is that they can do this legally; yet if you owe them they’re ready to take your first born and much more.

beightol October 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm

yes its 10/10/10 and We are still waiting on our return that has been accepted. we filed March 8, 2010

Derenda October 12, 2010 at 6:48 pm

We are still waiting on state refund we filed in Feb.

yvette November 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Well it’s almost time for Thanksgiving. I filed in March and still no refund! This is really frustrating, because if I owed the state, they would have garnished my paycheck! But the shoe is on the other foot and I have to be patient. I need to go into politics, so I can legally rob the working man.

Broke like bama January 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Wow, really Alabama!
Alabama forwarded my refund info to the IRS. I received a letter from the IRS today, you will get one too, stating the Federal Government will be taxing my/your state refund from the previous year.
So I am being screwed with double and triple taxing by Federal and the great state of Alabama is still thanking me for my patience in 2011 for taxes filed in Feb. 2010 because they’re too broke to issue the refund. So hummm, Did Bama really lie to the Feds stating they issued funds when they didn’t? Anyone else have this issue?

T. Sims February 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

I filed and it has been approved since 1/18/2010 and still not paid

kad February 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I filed mine on 1-28-11 and haven’t heard a thing about when to expect them.

kad February 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

sorry, I started reading the dates on the post and realized that you guys are all talking about your 2010 refund. I guess I should not complain about not receiving my 2011 if you guys haven’t received your 2010. SORRY!

T. Sims February 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

My State Return was approved on Jan 28th. Still no payment.

Jacquelyn February 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Last year I finally received my refund in July (when I filed way back in January). Just checked the website and it showed that I should receive my refund in 8 to 12 weeks. I’m looking to receive it sometime in June this year.

MICHAEL COSEY February 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

i filed on january 18th 2011 i recieved all my federal on january 28th! everything i check the stauts of my alabama refund its saying it was approved on the 18th and some yada yada abouth a trust fund !! frankly im pissed thats my money and the irs gives us deadlines to meet so why not get us our dang money !

tjm February 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I filed my return on 1-25, and have not received anything. The site says that “refunds are paid out of the Education Trust Fund, and will be paid when funds are available.” We certainly don’t get to wait about paying taxes. Where are the funds anyway? With everyone paying in taxes, shouldn’t there always be available funds? What is going on in Alabama? This is why we need a state lottery, but unfortunately we mix church and state in Alabama. Alabama needs to look at the big picture, and join the rest of the United States. We are paying for the education system of our neighbors, while “our” teachers are being laid off.

KC February 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

I filed mine electronically on 2/2 it was accepted by the state on 2/17, still nothing from the state as of today. I certainly think we should be able to tack on interest while we are waiting to receive our money back owed to us; and I definitely do not think it is right that we have to pay taxes on it again next year when we have to claim it as earned income.

SH February 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

I filed Feb. 6, so approximately 3 weeks ago and I have not received my state return yet. My return is approximately 100- 200 dollars, but I’m hoping the 4 to 6 week range is true so maybe I will be seeing my return in the next couple of weeks.

dwayne clinkscales February 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Well they take there money everyweek on time so y should we hv 2 wait on it we should start adding interst on it mayb they will hurry up .

Adam March 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Why is it that if we fail to pay our owed taxes in a timely manner they can garnish our wages until they get it? But they can take all the time in the world getting the money to people who need it and that is perfectly fine. There is something wrong when the government purposely takes a dump on the people who put those politicians in the position they are in in the first place. I am proud to be an American and an Alabamian. I served my country on the Battliefield and my state as a guardsman and the thanks I get is that they hold on to the money that rightfully belongs to me. According to current law, if I knowingly deprive someone of money or goods that are rightfully theirs it is theft and I can be arrested. Why can the state do it?

Lisa March 4, 2011 at 8:29 am

My Federal was accepted on 2/16 and my State was accepted on 2/17. My Federal refund was deposited in to my account on 2/25. I haven’t received my State. My refund is in the 1200.00 range. I really need it!!!

Savannah March 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm

For two years in a row, my husband and I have filed our taxes with H&R Block, and for two years in a row, they have told us that we were due to a state tax refund for approx. $300.00. Last year, we did not receive a refund, but instead, a letter stating that we OWED taxes instead of being due a payment. There was no indication on how much we owed, nor was there a reason listed that I could understand. There was some arcane statute listed stating basically, “We’re broke so we’re not giving you your money because we can.” Well, thats to be expected from a state that charges a 9% food tax, so no big deal.
We moved to Kentucky in October due to there not being any work in the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham area, and were astounded when we not only got jobs within two weeks of getting here, but there is no tax on non-junk foods (which is a really good idea), the cost of living is lower, there is not one all-powerful power company that charges you an upfront deposit which is two and a half times the maximum amount of electricity your home could use. But I’m getting off the subject here.
We received a refund from Kentucky for 174.00 after only being here a few months, and we were told by our tax preparer that Alabama owed us 374.00. Instead, another letter, this one saying that we had owed 784.00 in back taxes, and the only reason that was listed was 31 December 2007. That’s it. What? Did I miss the session where Alabamians were charged an 800 dollar tax for spending New Year’s Eve at home? That’s not even the worst part. Just yesterday, I got a letter in the mail stating that we still owed an additional 2.87, and for that, they charged 37.00 in interest as well as an 18.00 ‘negligence fee’. How am I the one negligent when I was never informed of the amount or reason I owed the state and was a resident paying taxes to the state in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. I’m getting a little afraid they’re going to try to tax us next year when we haven’t even lived there. By the way, Kentucky closed the books for 2010 with a SURPLUS!!! Maybe instead of big gaudy churches, the holy rollers will truly try to act “Christian” and be more concerned with the welfare of their communities instead of looking down their noses at them and throwing wads of money towards their own selfish agendas. Don’t want to play the lottery? Fine. Don’t. Alcohol and strip bars are legal in Alabama, and nobody’s holding a gun to their heads to go in there, either. But don’t keep us in the dark ages and deprive the state of revenue it desperatley needs. Medicaid in Alabama is no longer paying for tubal ligations, ladies, and you can hang up your kids going to a nice school that’s close by because they’re all being closed down in record numbers.

noneyabiz78 March 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Kentucy, is citing a 2010 debt of 14.5billion, and is cutting education spending.

Amanda March 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

My return of $924 was accepted on Feb 16th and nothing yet! I’ll keep ya posted!!!!!

TRACY B March 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

My state return ( AL ) was accepted on Feb 4 and received direct deposit on March 3. 397.00

tracy March 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

i submitted my taxes on Jan 4, 2011 they didn’t finally accept them until Jan 15. Well it is March 5th and we are still waiting.

Lori March 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I dont guess I will see our state tax refund this yr. We filed Mar 1 by the 3rd the website stated we wasnt getting ours. Last yr Al unemployment tried to get 1100 back saying husband recieved benefits he should not have got. Well he filed an appeal and won, but this took from July 2010 till Jan 31 2011 to get done. So for our state refund it is STILL on their files he owed the 1100 back because someone decided they would take their sweet time about removing the lien. So until the state sends the money to AL unemployment (I was told it would take a minimum of 45 days) And the AL unemployment gets off their @ss to correct the computer lien, and finally cut a check to mail to us…. I just dont figure it will be very timely. AND BTW all of you awaiting state refunds, any garnished state refunds gets paid before they send any money to the average working person. So those nice jerks holding our refunds hostage wont be passing any money on to you until the garnishments are paid… they come first. IMO thats wrong! If you file first you should get your money before joe smoe who file 25th and his is garnished to child support or UC or where ever!

Lori June 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

After NOT being so nice to the Unemployment Office and letting them know that the case was won and they did NOT have any right to our tax money and because of their screw up they had intercepted our money, that they needed to get off their @ss and correct it! We recieved our refund from the Unemployment Office on May 13 with NO appology of course. YEAH we got our State refund!

Nick March 8, 2011 at 7:38 am

approved feb 15th
still no direct deposit as of march 8th

Jacquelyn March 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

E-filed on February 14th and the Alabama website is still saying my return has been received & is being processed. You should receive your return 8 to 12 weeks from today. It has been saying that every since February 15th.

Madman March 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

A few years ago, I had some back taxes due the state, because I was not cut properly by my employer. I had spoken with the state and they said they would be keeping my refunds until the bill was paid in full. I was ok with that, and only owed around 3k to the state. I found out in Novemer that they were garnishing my wages and taking about 40% of my take home pay. this started in November and of course hit again in December. Just in time for christmas. We managed to get by, like usual when the government screws you over. Now here we are, I filed my taxes in late January, and still no refund. I have zero recourse. I can’t sue them, I can’t garnish their wages at christmas time, I just have to sit back and pray that someone pays in enough to release my refund. Normally I like the idea of refunds at the end of the year, but i am strongly considering changing the way I claim.

Joresa Bothwell March 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I was approved for my state return on February 2nd., 2011 and still nothing yet, its been over 4 weeks and I have got nothing yet and I need my $518 dollars.

Neal Sivley March 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Last year, I filed my Alabama tax return in February and I got it in June. I would be shocked if I got it before June this year.

NURSE March 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I e-filed my taxes and both(state and federal) were accepted on 2-17 but I am still waiting on money from either one of them(Alabama and IRS)!!!

tracy March 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

we finally got our federal but Alabama say’s 15 weeks is how long they expect it to take.

Missy March 14, 2011 at 11:12 am

We e-filed our taxes around Jan. 29th. Got statements saying they were accepted, but Fed wouldn’t start processing until Feb. 14th. We received Federal within about five days. When I call the Alabama hotline it says ours was accepted on Feb 16 and will be deposited in due course. I wonder how long their due course means? Needless to say we still haven’t received anything. This is the first time this has happened. We file at the end of January every year and normally have both Fed. and Ala. within a about 8 days. We have it direct deposited because it is supposedly faster! That has not proven to be true for Alabama this year. Hope others are having better luck than we are.

RStewie March 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Filed mine on Feb 14th, it was accepted and approved on Feb 17th. It’s Mar 14th and nothing so far. $500-1,000 range.

KEYANA March 15, 2011 at 6:43 am


Terri March 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

I filed my taxes in Feb 11 and got my federal back by Mar 1st. My Alabama state refund has been accepted and says it will be here but nothing yet. 3-15-11

Theresa March 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

My alabama tax was approved on the 28th of feb. Online said last week that it has been approved and has been sent to the comptroller and it will be issued as soon as the funds are available, now it says it was approved and has been sent to the comptroller. Can anyone tell me how close I am not to the refund actually beeing placed into may account? I feel like they just randomly change it because. I called the hotline today and it said it will be sent out in due course, business day. Who knows but I need my money like they needed my all through out the year.

Kimi March 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Was accepted around the middle of February and have not received it to this date…I don’t know what to say…ridiculous if you ask me! and I efiled. What’s the use!

destiny101301 March 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Last year I waited for almost 5 months. This year I have a larger refund of $900 (+) . I was received and processed February 17th and still nothing. It keeps telling me that the ADOR is doing it’s best. I think the Governor ought to take the millions of dollars left by Governor Riley and stick it in the education fund for what it is actually intended for….EDUCATION!!!!! The state can also take some of that money and give us our refunds!!! The past 2 years in this state have been ridiculous as far as the ADOR is concerned.

destiny101301 March 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

What is sad about this is I did my father’s and e-filed his just a few days prior to me efiling my own. He received both Federal and State within less than a week. What’s up with that?

destiny101301 March 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Just an FYI, I noticed a comment on here last year that states that Alabama has until a certain day in July to pay or they are supposed to pay interest on every over that. Bet you they don’t do it. What is sad about this is I did my father’s and e-filed his just a few days prior to me efiling my own. He received both Federal and State within less than a week. What’s up with that?

susie March 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

my e file on my taxes were accepted on feb 15, because and i still have not recieved my refund??? this is the first time it had taken this long, because i normally get it back in about a week. what is going on???? does anyone know????

Robert March 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

I e-filed on Jan. 28th and was accepted on Feb 1st. SURPRISE!!!! Here it is March 18th and still my bank account is missing the 600+ I am owed. They are quick to put you in the paper for unpaid Property taxes ( a complete waste of ad space and money) …Really? I also live in Jefferson County where judges have deemed it illegal and unconstitutional for them to collect the occupational tax- Have I seen that back? Hell no. And to make matters worse they are still whining about the sewer bond debt issues. I say we start stringing up corrupt politicians and shaking our hard earned dollars out of them. I want to see a constitutional amendment to the state constitution that puts tax refund dollars as a separate line item in the budget and in it’s own account. HEY STATE LEGISLATORS-WAKE UP OR GET OUT!!!

Theresa March 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Last year they garnished my wages soon after informing me I owed them. I didn’t know they were going to garnish me, I checked my online pay stub right before I was due to be paid and there was 365.00 taken out of my paycheck. The state of Alabama does not have to tell you anything before they garnish your wages, all they have to do is send you a letter, if you get it so be it and if you don’t get it then so be it. They use this as a method of saying we told you about the debt. There I was having 365.00 taken out of my check 4 times. I think they are all bully’s. This year they owe me and I can’t garnish them..

Diane March 19, 2011 at 3:12 am

We e-filed and were accepted on February 17, 2011. STILL no refund on March 18, 2011. Looks like a long wait AGAIN this year! $650 due.

NURSE March 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I spoke with Ala Tax Revenue yesterday and the lady told me they were only on Feb 7th’s returns and since mine was filed on Feb 17,I had a ways to go.Things were moving slow!!! So,I guess more waiting!!!

destiny101301 March 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

Filed my Federal and AL State taxes the same day. They were both accepted the following day….February 17. I received my Federal refund within about a week but have yet to receive the state. I had a feeling this would happen AGAIN!!! I waited almost 5 months for mine last year. Why can’t they used the billions of dollars that Riley left the new Governor to pay our refunds instead of using it for an unworthy cause like fighting Gambling!!!!! It’s a waste of our hard earned money is what it is!!!!

Julie Stewart March 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Filed ours (married/separate 40NR) amount was over $1000 but less than $1500. Called the automated line and used the website with my info from the taxes…no record of my forms. I mailed it in over 2.5 weeks ago. I live 3 hours away from Montgomery (in FL) so I know the mail does not take that long to get there. Wondering how long it will take to get my return….

mike young March 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

It is March 22, 2011 and I am still waiting on my $600 refund from last year

V March 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

No money yet and it has been a month. We need the state to pay the feds. It has been approved. I hope we get it before 04/15/11

Annie March 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Our return was approved 3 weeks ago and still nothing. This is totally rediculous. If you owe them they want the money right then. If the state and governor would stop spending money on unnecessary things there might be money there to pay tax payers. This state and goverment is unreal.The people need this money now. Look at the economy and no jobs. They make all these promises just to get in office and then screw you. I wish for once we could get someone in office that actually had the sense to tun a state.

stuckhere March 24, 2011 at 5:12 am

filed excepted feb17th 2011 500-1000 it is 3/24 still no refund. I am not a native of Alabama and I hate it here! Give me my refund and I will go home! no just kidding …i think! hm CA

Jacquelyn March 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

Just got a letter from the state that we are being audited AGAIN!! We were audited 5 years ago and they refused to accept numerous job expenses & we had to pay over $11,000.00 back to them for 3 years. Now they want to audit us again. I guess they are so desperate for money that they will do just about anything to get it. Do they honestely think that I would include the same job expenses that they dissallowed for those three years. I’m so ready to move to another state and kiss Alabama good-bye.

Anita March 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

We filed electronically (TurboTax) on March 13. The Federal was received (according to TurboTax) on March 14 and the State of Alabama was received on March 15. According to the IRS website, our Federal deposit is scheduled for tomorrow. The State of Alabama website simply states “Your return has been received and is being processed. The processing time varies for each return. You should receive your refund 8-12 weeks from today provided you do not owe any taxes for prior years or other state agencies. This is on the “My Alabama Taxes” website. On the Alabama Department of Revenue website, it simply states “Your return is being processed”. Last year, the SOA corrected by return (althought it wasn’t incorrect, who am I to argue – they reduced the return amount by $750 out of $2200), I filed last year on 4/11/10 and it was direct deposited on 6/25/10, minus the “correction”. I am assuming that the SOA does not begin paying a majority of the refunds until after 4/15, at which time those that owe beginning paying their amounts due, which gives the SOA money to begin paying refunds. That makes it eleven weeks after I filed that I received my return, and ten weeks after April 15. So I am expecting that it is safe to expect my return this year sometime between June 7 (twelve weeks after filing) and July 8 (twelve weeks after April 15), optimistically.

Diane March 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Just checked the “Where’s my refund?” site. I rec’d the statement that our refund check has been issued, and we will receive it in about 12 days. It was accepted on Feb. 17 for $650. Yahoo!

destiny101301 March 25, 2011 at 7:13 am

Checked the status of my refund yesterday and it finally said that we would be receiving it within 12 days. Lo and behold, I went to balance my checkbook per the online bank site….and there was my refund!!! This is so ridiculous how long Alabamians have to wait to receive their refunds. Alabama needs to get on the ball and just let the casino’s in!!!!

Rachel Samuel March 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

My return was accepted by alabama on feb. 17 also, at approximately 9:02 am. I dont have a refund yet. was there a cut off time on the 17th for refunds to be processed and submitted for payment today?

Nick March 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm

recieved mine today after being approved since feb 15th…
good luck everyone else…

Theresa March 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I don’t think any of the refunds are in any certain order. So I guess we will just have to wake up one morning with our money in our account. Good Luck to all of us still waiting and I am happy for you all that finally received yours. T

Angel Tyler March 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Ours was efiled and accepted on 2-24-10. The most pathetic thing is, ours was only $39. If they can’t afford to pay that, God help us all. I just love how they don’t hesitate to charge interest and harrass you when you owe, but they take their sweet time getting your refund to you. I agree, let the lotto and casinos come here. All of the people who are gambling are just putting AL money into other state’s pockets. Alabama gov’t is in no position to turn down whatever potential money it could possibly get to get out of it’s deficits in every area. Everyone is suffering because of the corruption in this state. I am on Birmingham city sewer and paying $70 total for a water usage of only $35. Need I say more? And what’s worse, is I forgot to file one year, so I eventually filed and I got my Federal tax refund. However, AL owed me like $100 and said I was past the statute of limitations to get it. How you like those apples?

destiny101301 March 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

I agree with you about the casinos. I have family in Georgia and ever since they started the Lottery in Georgia, it has brought in Millions of dollars to better the Education system by providing new schools, books, computers, etc. They are also able to keep the state out of a huge deficit unlike the Alabama government. I am a Christian but if our state officials, the Governor, congressman, senators, and whoever else would just get out of this “No we can’t gamble because we live in the Bible belt and it’s wrong” crap, we might can bring in more money like other states. If people want to gamble, that is their right to do so. Bring it on and let the state reap the rewards as well as the citizens. I think it’s about time the officials get their heads out of their butts and think about us citizens instead of their mighty wallet.

Weldon March 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Ours was accepted on Feb. 14 and we still haven’t gotten it back. We filed jointly and are expecting about $200. We just moved to Alabama in August and this has been the worst run state we have lived in by far!!! It’s really pathetic.

NURSE March 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Checked DOR today and was told they were on Feb 12th returns.Mine was accepted on Feb 17th which means about 2 more weeks for refunds.According to the last time I called,they moved 4 days in 2 weeks.Ever-so-slow process!!!!

Theresa March 29, 2011 at 6:06 am

There are people who filed and were approved before you and they still don’t have a refund, So I wouldn’t go by the info on that site. There doesn’t seem to be any order.

Ken March 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I E-Filed in January, they did not process and accept until Feb 17 because of the so called legal changes. Now more than two months since filing and 6 weeks since they accepted….still no sign of refund.

Glenda Hardin March 30, 2011 at 9:33 am

I filed my state taxes electronic on Feb 15 ,2011 and it was approved on March 8,2011 and have yet to receive my check. I am getting very impatient.This is very upsetting for me because if someone owes taxes they would expect you to pay them on a specific date..Please give us the same respect..

Weldon March 31, 2011 at 10:56 am

UPDATE: We finally got our refund today via direct deposit. It was accepted on Feb. 14. for right around $200. Good luck everyone!

Anita April 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

For those of you have received your refund, is there a difference between “processed” and “being processed”? My return is “being processed”, does that mean that the verbiage will change to “your return has been processed”? What wa the next message after the initial message? I am just getting frustrated because the message never changes. Thanks!

Amanda June 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I have been getting the same message. My refund is being processed. What does that mean?

Vee April 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

I checked on 03/28/11 and it said the refund has been approved and sent to the state comptroller to be issued. I checked on 04/11/11 and it said the check was issued on 03/31/11 and that if I had DDP I should received the money in 3-5 days. I just check and it said my refund has been approved and has been sent to the state comptroller to be issued. WTH, all I can do is laugh.

Vee April 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

Ok, I called the state revenue department because I am wondering was this some type of cruel joke and we need this money to pay the federal and we are running out of time. I told the lady that ans the phone what the site said on the first about the money had been issued, and that it had change back to the original message. The lady said that once the check is issued the message changes back to “refund has been approved and sent to the state comptroller to be issued”. She said the money should be in my account because the money is at the bank, but the bank has so many refunds to deposit that they usually hold the money for a few days. The money can be deposit any day of the week. Well, I know regions is going to hold the money to get as much interest as possible.

Anita April 14, 2011 at 8:34 am

Just an update, today(4/14/11) the message on the ALDOR website, it now states that my refund has been approved and has been sent to be issued. I filed electronically on 3/12/11.

AL Tax Payer April 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm

efiled and was accepted march 3rd. Today is April 17 and no refund. I am waiting on ~$2500. Its my flipp’n money and they just get to hold it. Wish I could do that.

Gary May 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

We paper filed around 15 March. We received the following message around 5 May when checking our refund status:
” Your refund was approved 4/28/2011. Thank you for your patience and please be assured the ADOR is doing everything possible to expedite your refund’s approval and issuance.”

Now it’s 12 May and the message has not changed. I don’t know what that means in terms of when we should expect to see a check actually show up in the mail.

Lynda May 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

Here we are in May of 2011 and I am still waiting on my refund from last year. Have not yet received this year’s refund either. It will be a bonus when it gets here….good thing I didn’t count the chickens ahead of time!

Jenna May 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I filed my refund in April 2010 and I keep on calling the alabama refund hotline and I haven’t gotten anything. It only says your refund was accepted on May 5 and will be issued to you in a course of time what does that mean. Where can I call to talk to someone?

louis burroughs August 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I e filed my alabama tax on february 2 2011. Every time I check I’m told I’m not in the system. All of the questions are answered correctly. Who can I call? My tax preparer for the last 15 years seems to have skipped town.

Amanda June 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I filed my taxes in January and I still have not received my refund yet. I received my federal but not my state

Rick June 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Reading all these comments makes realize that I will never get my state taxes. I am glad I don’t live in Al and only worked there for awhile. This is tooooo sad. The automated line keeps telling me 8-12 weeks from today and I have been checking for 3 months.

Brandon July 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

It’s the end of July and I still haven’t received my return… Everytime I check my status it just says it’s being processed

Ron Ledger August 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I mail my Alabama Taxes in February it is now the last week in August and i still have not gotten it yet.When i go to then website to find out the status of my refund i get that wonderful message that it still being process it been accept. so what are we suppose to do wait. now what if we tell them that when I are education funds get money in it we will send you your money. Think that will go over very well with the Alabama government. I think not so if they can not wait for us to pay are takes we should not have to wait on our money being return to us.

melanie November 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Guess what, we are still waiting on our alabama refund, what should we do–the website isn’t any help whatsoever, there are no humans who answer telephones in Montgomery. how do we know they are even at work down there when they say they? jus kiddin

tina December 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

i have still not recieved my alabama state return yet i have been waiting since febuary of this year and still haven’t seen any of it. they said that i would be getting back around $200 to $300, so please help me find out why i have not recieved them yet..

Lorrie January 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Well I still havent gotten lastyears’s tax return from that state of alabama. I have been waiting a year. it is to the point where I dont remember the form or the ammount anymore with out searching through all my paper work

Susan February 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Have been waiting and still have not gotten my Alabama refund. At one point, the automated system told me it would be to me in eight weeks. That was in August. Now, the same automated system says that I am not in the system. I did, however, get a notice today that told me my refund was being reported to the federal government!

Jennifer Lynn May 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I filed one week after my husband filed. I got mine within a month of filing and he has been waiting over 3 months now. It is so frustrating. We pay our taxes on time, we should get our refunds on time too! They are simply giving us back our own money is how I and many others see it.

Esam July 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I filed on 4/14 for alabama and now 7/17 and i did not get yet its only 300

Andrea February 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm

The state of alabama is offsetting our return for $1200, I just called and she said we have a balance of $1,000 from 2010, I can not figure out why, or how??? We have always gotten a state return back, not much, sometime $20,sometimes, $100, but either way, we never owed! So my question is, how in the world would we owe that much for one year????? We barely make $30,000 a year, so where in the heck did $1200 come from? It makes no sense to me!!

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