If you’re getting a tax refund this year, one of the decisions you need to make is whether you want to direct deposit your tax refund.
For many taxpayers, getting an IRS refund direct deposit vs. check makes the most sense. Let’s review the pros and cons of getting a direct deposit or paper check tax refund.
IRS Refund Direct Deposit vs. Check
When you get your IRS refund via direct deposit, the IRS sends the money directly to your bank account. On the other hand, when you opt to receive a check in the mail, the IRS will cut your check and send it through the post office.
In most cases, a direct deposit tax refund is the better option because it is faster, more convenient, and offers better security.
Fast and Simple
When deciding between a direct deposit or paper check tax refund, consider the speed and convenience that each option offers. With direct deposit, the money is electronically deposited right into your account, which is generally a faster process. In fact, if you e-file your tax return and specify direct deposit for your tax refund, you could get your refund in less than 21 days.
Receiving a paper check is a longer process. Before you can deposit it, the check has to be cut, mailed, and manually deposited into your account. In some cases, it may even take weeks.
Using direct deposit for your IRS refund check avoids the possibility that a refund check could be lost, stolen, or returned to the IRS as undeliverable. With direct deposit, the money is sent electronically to your bank, without using other intermediaries. The fewer hands your money passes through, the smaller the chance for mistakes.
Convenient Options for Your Refund
As you consider whether to get a direct deposit or paper check tax refund, consider the most convenient option for your refund.
When you choose a direct deposit tax refund, you can decide where your money should go and easily split the refund between three different account types. You could split your refund between your checking, savings, or even some retirement accounts.
Can You Get a Direct Deposit Tax Refund with a Paper Return?
If you want your money fast, filing online is a good way to move forward. However, you can still send your tax return paperwork by mail. Just keep in mind that you will wait longer than you would with e-file.
How to Set Up a Direct Deposit Tax Refund
Setting up your direct deposit tax refund is fairly straightforward. You will just need your routing number and account number. If you plan to divide your tax refund between accounts, you need to fill out Form 8888, which allows you to allocate your tax refund among three accounts.
If you need a checking account for your IRS tax refund, consider SouthEast Bank. SouthEast Bank offers a variety of checking accounts with perks to help you achieve your financial goals simply and efficiently.
In addition, if you choose an eligible account, you could get your tax refund even faster with Accelerate early direct deposit.* This is a feature available with the following checking accounts:
By using e-file and choosing to have your refund directly deposited into a SouthEast Bank account with Accelerate, you can get your refund back as quickly as possible.
How to Change Direct Deposit Information with the IRS
You have the option to submit your direct deposit account information each time you file your taxes. If you have already submitted your tax return and you need to change account information for direct deposit, you can wait until the IRS either accepts or rejects your return.
If the IRS rejects your return and you electronically filed it, you can sign in to your account to make corrections before e-filing your tax return again. If the IRS accepts your tax return and is unable to direct deposit your refund, then the IRS will mail your refund check to the address listed on your tax return.
You can also call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 to inquire about updating your direct deposit information. Keep in mind that it’s important to carefully review your personal information before submitting your tax return.
Combining the power of electronic filing and direct deposit is the most secure and efficient way to submit your tax return and receive any refund due.
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Information contained in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing contained in this blog should be construed as legal or tax advice. An attorney or tax advisor should be consulted for advice on specific issues.
*The payer has until the posting date to retract the payment. If the payment is retracted, SouthEast Bank will debit the account.
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