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Sales Tax Refunds
Refund Claim Outcomes
There are three possible outcomes to a refund claim: approved, incomplete or denied/partially denied.
After the Comptroller’s office has approved a refund claim, we will mail a refund check to the person or entity entitled to the refund. Factors such as the timely filing discount, penalties, credit interest or an existing liability can affect the refund amount.
We will send a refund check unless the claimant is set up to receive refunds by direct deposit (PDF, 416KB).
A refund claim that does not include all of the required elements does not toll the statute of limitations. The Comptroller’s office will notify the claimant of the additional information needed.
Denied or Partially Denied Claims
The Comptroller’s office will notify the claimant if the refund cannot be granted in full or in part and will identify the reason(s) for the denial. The claimant can contest the denial by requesting a refund hearing within 30 days of the denial.
If a refund hearing is requested timely, the Comptroller’s office can issue a written demand notice for all documentation needed to verify the claim. This documentation must be submitted within 180 days of the date of the demand notice. Documents not timely submitted as requested by the demand notice cannot be introduced as evidence in a refund hearing.