Do you find yourself spending your refund check before it arrives (even if you’re spending it in your mind) and wondering when it is going to finally arrive? According to the Internal Revenue Service, the fastest way to get your refund is to file your return electronically. When you file electronically, you can receive your refund in as little as 7 to 10 days, compared to 6 to 8 weeks with a paper return. The IRS also recommends that you file your return early in February or March rather then waiting until mid April.
To avoid delays when filing a paper return, remember to:
Sign your return and have your professional preparer (if you used one) sign it as well.
Make sure that any supporting documents are securely stapled to the front of the return
Make sure your mailing address.
Have your refund deposited directly into your bank account to receive your refund even sooner