The IRS should issue your refund check within six to eight weeks of filing a paper return. If you chose to receive your refund through direct deposit, you should receive it within a week. If you use e-file, your refund should be issued between two and three weeks.
You can check on the status of your refund by calling the Automated Refund Service at 1 (800) 829-4477. You must wait until 6 weeks after filing your return before calling. Be sure to have a copy of your return available to refer to. For more refund information, go to the IRS' Refund Inquiries page.