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Last Updated: 5/2/2012

I Haven't Received my Sales and Use Tax Refund

We carefully review all refund claims submitted to the Minnesota Department of Revenue before deciding if you are eligible for a refund.

There are several types of Sales and Use Tax refund claims, each with its own form or filing method. (For more detailed information, see Sales and Use Tax Refund Claims or Amending a Return.)

We will notify you in writing if we have approved  or denied your refund claim. If it’s approved, we’ll generally issue a refund of the excess tax paid, plus interest if applicable.

Where is my refund?

If you haven’t received an expected refund or heard from us about your claim, it may be due to one of the common reasons listed below. Please check the list and take any recommended action.

Incorrect phone number or address:  We may be trying to reach you but can’t because the contact information we have isn’t current. Please check your information in e-Services, and update it if needed. (To do so, see How to Update My Business Information.

We applied your refund to another liability:  If you have a balance due on another business tax, we may apply your refund to that liability. You can find out if we have done so by checking your account balances for business taxes, as outlined below:

  • Log in to e-Services.
  • Click on the “Minnesota Tax ID Number” link for the Account Type you wish to review.
  • Click on the “Search” tab under “Periods” to view Tax Due, Penalty, Interest, Credits, and Balance per period.

Your claim has been delayed by an audit:  We may take longer to process a refund for a period that is currently under audit or has recently been audited. Contact the auditor you worked with for more information. 

Note: If you’re still unsure about your refund, contact us at salesuse.tax@state.mn.us.