News Release: FTB says Most Tax Refunds Arrive Within 12 Business Days; Some Take Longer as FTB Seeks To Prevent Tax Theft, Fraud

Most Tax Refunds Arrive Within 12 Business Days; Some Take Longer as FTB Seeks To Prevent Tax Theft, Fraud

Sacramento – The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today reported that most tax refunds are arriving within 12 business days for taxpayers who file electronically and request direct deposit.

However, some refunds can take significantly longer as FTB joins a nationwide effort to protect taxpayers’ money by preventing fraud, tax theft, and other abusive practices. According to the IRS, identity theft and other criminal schemes involving fraudulently filed tax returns are becoming more common.

“No one wants to see refunds delayed,” said Controller Betty T. Yee, FTB chair and the state’s chief fiscal officer. “However, FTB’s anti-fraud efforts help to assure all taxpayers that everything possible is being done to safeguard their hard-earned dollars.”

Since January 1, FTB has issued 4.2 million refunds with an average amount of $700.  About 84 percent of all refunds were issued within seven to 12 days when the taxpayer elected to use direct deposit. That figure was down slightly from 90 percent in the past two years.

While most California taxpayers will see no delay, some will be asked by the FTB for more information to confirm the figures reported on their returns. Other returns will go through additional reviews to check for accuracy, completeness, and common indicators of fraud or identity theft.

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