Direct deposit for federal refunds is in as little as 8 days. Many states direct deposit in as few as three days.
The IRS is phasing in a new e-file program that will provide near instant acceptance versus 12-24 hours last tax season. Now we need to see if refunds go out faster.
The IRS refund cycle is as such: returns filed and accepted before 11 am Eastern Time on Wednesday will have their refund direct deposited the Friday after next (8 days), the following Friday for a paper check.
Use the link below to view the IRS e-file refund cycle chart.