I have been extremely pleased with how quickly I received my tax refunds this year. My federal refund arrived on Tuesday; my Oregon refund arrived on Thursday. That was a 9-day and 11-day turn around from filing.
I cannot say enough good things about filing electronically and direct deposit. I was thinking back on the time when I would wait for over a month to get my refunds. Of course, I would also procrastinate in filing because it took so long for all of my records to arrive. With online investments and billing -- and by keeping my financial records updated on my computer -- I am ready to file my taxes usually within the second week of January.
I have several friends who see this relationship between taxes and computers as nothing more than a grand conspiracy to somehow restrict liberties. (That is a charitable description of what they think. At times, I wonder if they check under their beds to see if King George III has quartered any Hessians under there.) I suspect those liberties disappeared long ago when we consented to be taxed.
For now, I will simply plan on using my full refunds to enjoy my trip to Brazil and leave the worrying to others.