The sooner you file your tax return, the sooner you’ll receive any refund due. The IRS recently announced that it will start accepting 2018 tax returns on January 28, 2019, which is one day earlier than last year. Tax refunds will be on time according to its normal schedule.
If you have a federal tax refund coming, you could get your money back in as little as three weeks. In the past, the IRS has issued over 90% of refunds in less than 21 days.
If you want to speed up the refund process, e-file your 2018 tax return and select the direct deposit payment method. Paper returns and checks slow things down considerably.
However, don’t expect your refund before mid-February if you claim the earned income tax credit or the additional child tax credit. By law, refunds for returns claiming these credits must be delayed. This applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with the credits.