UPDATE March 15, 2013: The annual Taxes and Savings Survey from Capital One Bank reveals that 85 percent of Americans expect to get a tax refund this year. Those taxpayers expecting a hefty sum back from the government are likely well aware that there is now less than a month until the Monday, April 15, filing deadline.

Still waiting to receive your refund? Check out our story, Where's My Tax Refund?, for free apps and online services to help taxpayers organize tax information, track refunds, trim budgets and invest.

Original story: Alabamians who are owed a tax refund from the state can now go on the Internet to find out "Where's My Refund?" Citizens can visit the state's official Web site to view the status of a state tax refund.

To access the system, users simply log on to the Alabama Web site and select the online services link. Individuals must enter their Social Security number and refund amount, in addition to selecting their tax form and filing status from a list on the Web site. Using this combination of specific information ensures that the refund status information is secure and displayed for only that taxpayer.

Once the identity of the taxpayer has been confirmed, the system displays the status information in a clear and concise format, which allows users to confirm that their return was received, that it is being processed, whether additional documents are needed and if a check has been issued. The system also informs users if their refund has been stopped because of an outstanding debt or collection.

"Prior to this service, taxpayers simply did not know when their refund checks would arrive, making it difficult to budget. Now we offer a way to check their refund status online, and taxpayers can anticipate when they will receive their refund checks and plan accordingly," said Alabama Revenue Commissioner Tom Surtees.