Halfway through the filing season, the Internal Revenue Service said that 35.6 million taxpayers had chosen to have their refunds -- totaling more than $100 billion -- deposited directly into a savings or checking account this year.

That taxpayer number is up 5.2 percent over last year at the same time, and the direct-deposit total of $101.5 billion, is an 8.7 percent increase over last year at this time. Though most people are still opting to deposit into just one account, the agency said that about 37,000 taxpayers had so far taken advantage of a new option to split the refund between as many as three accounts.

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