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You might receive Form 1099-G reporting a state or local income tax refund. If so, that doesn't mean your refund is automatically taxable.
If you claimed the state or local income taxes you paid as an itemized deduction on last year’s return, usually your state or local refund is taxable. However, other circumstances might reduce your tax. The amount of your refund that's taxable can be reduced by the difference between these:
If you'd like to learn more, see "Other Income" in Publication 17: Your Federal Income Tax at www.irs.gov, and the State and Local Income Taxes tax tip.