I read on this site that people that efiled after I did were receiving their refunds, but it also delayed the sending of refunds to some people. The IRS was so backlogged on processing the lost returns. The IRS kept changing refund dates on WMR for a lot of people.
Hopefully the IRS gets off to a smooth start when it opens on January 30th. Since the IRS also stated that refunds will be issued within 21 days, I don't think people should count on getting their refund too much before that. On January 30th the IRS is going to be flooded with transmitted returns, We have Congress to blame for this -- it's not the fault of the IRS this year if our refunds take 3 weeks or even longer. The IRS was getting better in their refund time. They had it down to 8 to 10 days for most e-filers except for last year.
Good luck everyone.
E-file with direct deposit = 3 week turnaround
E-file with paper check = 3-6 weeks to revieve
paper file with direct deposit is = 4-6 weeks
paper file with paper check = 6-8 weeks
***(of course if there are any errors who knows when you will see the funds)*****
What to Expect for Refunds in 2013http://www.irs.gov/Refunds/What-to-Expect-for-Refunds-in-2013
UPDATE: The IRS changed the date they will start accepting returns to January 30th, see the following
IRS Plans Jan. 30 Tax Season Opening For 1040 Filers
IR-2013-2, Jan. 8, 2013
WASHINGTON — Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service announced today it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30.
Per IRS Publication 2043:
Don’t count on getting your refund by a certain date to make major purchases or pay other financial obligations. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, it’s possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.