The Refund Advance program ended on Feb. 15.
Check back in December for info on next year’s
Get up to $4,000†
in less than a day
Over 98% get their Refund Advance within
a day of IRS acceptance
Three easy steps to
Right before you file, choose Refund Advance† for your refund option.
Apply for a Turbo® Visa® Debit Card. Once approved for your card and Refund Advance, get your Refund Advance and start spending online in as little as 30 minutes. Your physical card will arrive in 5-10
Then, once the IRS processes your return, the remainder of your refund will be loaded onto your Turbo® Visa® Debit Card (usually within 21 days).
Access funds typically
within 3 hours
Here are the estimated times funds
be available to use once the
your return (estimated IRS
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m eligibile for the Refund Advance?
To see our eligibility requirements,
How do I apply?
If you’re expecting a federal refund while filing your taxes with TurboTax, you will have the opportunity to apply for Refund Advance at the time you choose your
How do I access my Refund Advance on a Turbo® Visa®
You will need to apply for your Turbo® Visa® Debit Card and your Refund Advance at the same time. Once you are approved for your card and your Refund Advance, you’ll receive an email within 1 hour that explains how to set up your Turbo® Visa® Debit Card account and start
What happens with the rest of my refund after I get my Refund Advance?
When the IRS or state tax authorities distributes your refund, your remaining refund amount (minus your Refund Advance amount from your federal refund and any other agreed upon fees) will be deposited onto your physical Turbo® Visa® Debit Card.
How is the loan paid back?
When the IRS processes your federal refund, your Refund Advance loan is automatically paid back. You won’t have to do anything!
How is my Refund Advance
Your approved amount is based on the size of your federal refund (excluding any Recovery Rebate Credit) and your tax information, along with other factors. You may not receive the maximum Refund Advance amount if one of these factors doesn’t meet the qualifying standards of the lender.
Where can I spend my
If approved for the Refund Advance and the Turbo® Visa® Debit Card, and once your account is set up, you can start spending online using your virtual Turbo® Visa® Debit Card information anywhere Visa® is accepted.
When your physical Turbo Card arrives in the mail within 5-10 business days, you’ll need to activate it and can spend the money at any store Visa® is accepted in the U.S. Your virtual card will automatically be deactivated.
How can you offer this at no cost?
We’ve worked closely with our partners at Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC and First Century Bank, N.A., Member FDIC to offer the Turbo® Visa® Debit Card. TurboTax is the entity that will issue you your Refund Advance. As a TurboTax customer, Refund Advance is available to you at no extra cost. This is just another benefit of filing
How can I get cash with the
Once your physical Turbo® Visa® Debit Card arrives and is activated you can withdraw cash at more than 19,000 surcharge-free ATMs across all 50 states. However, there are fees for using your Turbo Card at out-of-network ATMs. See the Deposit Account Agreement at any time for
What are the benefits of a Turbo® Visa® Debit Card?
The Turbo® Visa® Debit Card is one of the easiest ways to get your tax refund after filing with TurboTax Online. It’s a reloadable debit card that can be used everywhere Visa® is accepted in the U.S.—including online, by phone, and
Plus, when you use your Turbo® Visa® Debit Card account, you’ll have:
- No monthly fees†
- No overdraft fees
- No inactivity fees
- No minimum balance
- Use the free ATM network
- Enroll in direct deposit
- Deposit checks
- Use online bill pay
- Download the app
See the Deposit Account Agreement at any time for
Who’s the third party lender?
The third-party lender is First Century Bank, N.A., Member FDIC. With your consent, we will share your info with First Century Bank, N.A., and Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC and its subsidiaries via SSL-encrypted transmission. This information is shared with Green Dot Bank when the Turbo® Visa® Debit Card is applied for. They'll review your info to see if you qualify for the Refund Advance.
What happens after I qualify for the Refund Advance?
If you qualify, you will be notified by email of your approved amount. You’ll be able to start spending online with your card information after setting up your Turbo® Visa® Debit Card account. Also, a physical Turbo® Visa® Debit Card will be mailed to you within 5 to 10 business days. The remainder of your refund (minus the Refund Advance amount and any TurboTax fees) will be loaded onto the card when the IRS or state tax authorities distributes your refund (typically within 21 days from
What if I don’t qualify for the
If you don’t qualify after filing your return, you'll still receive your refund on a Turbo® Visa® Debit Card. Your entire federal and state refunds (minus any associated fees) will be loaded onto the card as soon as the IRS or state tax authorities distributes your refund (typically within 21 days from IRS acceptance). Once distributed, you can use your card however you want.
Can I continue using my card after it runs out of funds?
The Turbo® Visa® Debit Card is not a gift card or prepaid card, but functions just like a checking account: you can deposit money on your card at 90,000 Reload @ the Register locations nationwide, use fee-free ATMs, get ASAP Direct Deposit™ of your payroll and government benefits, download the Turbo® Visa® Debit Card mobile app to control your money 24/7, deposit checks, use online bill pay and more. Cash deposit & out-of-network ATM fees may apply. You can access the Deposit Account Agreement at any time for fee information.
Will the Refund Advance affect
No. Applying for the Refund Advance will not affect your credit score.
†Offer details and disclosures for the Refund Advance program
- If you’re receiving a federal refund, you could be eligible for a Refund Advance on a
Turbo® Visa® Debit Card issued by Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC. If approved, you will
receive a virtual card for online use, which will arrive within a day
of the IRS accepting your e-filed federal return. Use your virtual card until you
activate your physical Turbo® Visa® Debit Card, which will arrive in 5 to 10 business
days of IRS acceptance and loan approval. Your virtual card expires in
four years or upon activating your physical Turbo® Visa® Debit Card. 0% APR & $0 loan
fees. This offer is available until February 15, 2021, or until available funds have been
exhausted, whichever comes first. Availability subject to change
without further notice.
- Refund Advance is a loan based upon your anticipated refund (excluding any Recovery
Rebate Credit) and is not the refund itself. To apply for the Refund Advance, you must
file your taxes with TurboTax. Availability of the Refund Advance is subject to
satisfaction of identity
verification, certain security requirements, eligibility criteria, and underwriting
standards. Refund Advance is provided by First Century Bank, N.A., Member FDIC, not
affiliated with Intuit or Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC.
- Separate fees apply if you choose to pay with your federal refund. Paying with your
federal refund is not required for the Refund Advance loan.
- Not all consumers will qualify for a loan or for the maximum loan amount. If approved,
your loan will be for one of ten amounts: $250, $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000,
$2,500, $3,000, $3,500, or $4,000. Your loan amount will be based on a portion of
your anticipated federal refund. You will not receive a final decision of whether you
are approved for the loan until after you file your taxes. Loan repayment is deducted
from your federal tax refund and reduces the subsequent refund amount
paid directly to you.
- Fees may apply for other products and services.
- Your loan proceeds will be available on a Turbo® Visa® Debit Card issued by Green Dot
Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. The Turbo Visa Debit Card
opening is subject to identity verification. Visa is a registered
trademark of Visa International Service Association. Green Dot Bank operates under the
following registered trade names: GoBank, Green Dot Bank and Bonneville Bank. All of
these registered trade names are used by, and refer to, a single
FDIC-insured bank, Green Dot Bank. Deposits under any of these trade names are deposits
with Green Dot Bank and are aggregated for deposit insurance coverage. Green Dot is a
registered trademark of Green Dot Corporation. You may access your
loan proceeds by multiple methods without paying additional fees. Other fees apply to
the card, which are viewable prior to applying. Please see Deposit Account Agreement for details.
- You will not be eligible for the offer if: (1) your physical residence is located
outside of the United States, a US territory, a PO box or a prison address, (2) your
physical residence is in one of the following states: IL, or NC (3) you
are less than 18 years old, (4) the tax return filed is on behalf of a deceased person,
(5) you are filing certain IRS Forms, or (6) your expected refund amount (excluding any
Recovery Rebate Credit) is less than $500. You must report income on a Form W-2, 1099-R
, Sched C, or Sched CEZ. You also must be approved by Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC to
receive a Turbo® Visa® Debit Card.
- If you are approved for a loan, your tax refund after deducting the amount of your loan
and minus any agreed-upon fees will be placed on a Turbo® Visa® Debit Card. If you apply
for a loan and are not approved your tax refund will be placed
on a Turbo® Visa® Debit Card minus any agreed-upon fees. Approved pending confirmation
of loan tier amounts in contract and state licenses approved.
- Refund Advance is a service offered by Intuit TT Offerings Inc. (NMLS # 1889291), a subsidiary of Intuit Inc.