While it felt good receiving that state income tax refund last year, don't consider it completely "found money." Whether or not you have to claim the refund on this year's taxes depends on whether you itemized your deductions on your federal return.
If you receive Form 1099-G in the mail, referred to as "certain government payments" by the Internal Revenue Service, it shows your state refund amount from the previous year. If you deducted the state income tax you paid on your federal tax form as an itemized deduction, you'll have to include any refund amount as income on the following year's taxes.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.