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IRS Offers Tips to Help Taxpayers with the January 30th Tax Season Opening
Posted By News Staff On Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 5:00 am In News | No Comments
Washington, D.C. – The IRS will begin processing most individual income tax returns on January 30th after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems.
The IRS anticipated many of the tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), but the final law requires some changes before the IRS can begin accepting tax returns.
The IRS will not process paper or electronic tax returns before the January 30th opening date, so there is no advantage to filing on paper before then. Using e-file is the best way to file an accurate tax return, and using e-file with direct deposit is the fastest way to get a refund.
Many major software providers are accepting tax returns in advance of the January 30th processing date. These software providers will hold onto the returns and then electronically submit them after the IRS systems open. If you use commercial software, check with your provider for specific instructions about when they will accept your return. Software companies and tax professionals send returns to the IRS, but the timing of the refunds is determined by IRS processing, which starts January 30th.
After the IRS starts processing returns, it expects to process refunds within the usual time frames. Last year, the IRS issued more than nine out of 10 refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days, and it expects the same results in 2013. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, some tax returns will require additional review and take longer. To help protect against refund fraud, the IRS has put in place stronger security filters this filing season.
After taxpayers file a return, they can track the status of the refund with the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on the IRS.gov website. New this year, instead of an estimated date, Where’s My Refund? will give people an actual personalized refund date after the IRS processes the tax return and approves the refund.
“Where’s My Refund?” will be available for use after the IRS starts processing tax returns on January 30th. Here are some tips for using “Where’s My Refund?” after it’s available on January 30th.
For the latest information about the January 30th tax season opening, tax law changes and tax refunds, visit www.IRS.gov .
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