The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Each state sets its own refund processing schedule – some are similar to the IRS, while others are different. Due to the recent surge of tax-related identity theft and fraudulent refund claims, many states are taking longer to scrutinize returns prior to releasing refunds.
The fastest way to receive your refund is to e-file your return and choose direct deposit. E-filed returns are received more quickly than mailed returns, and direct deposit allows the IRS to issue your refund to your bank account as soon as it is approved.
See our blog post on dealing with delayed refunds for more information.