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IRS: Tax Filing Season Begins January 23

Tax Returns Due April 18

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that tax season will begin Monday, January 23, 2017 and that the filing deadline to submit 2016 tax returns is April 18, 2017.

Tax Season Begins January 23
The IRS will begin accepting electronic tax returns on January 23, 2017. Many software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before January 23 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open. The IRS will begin processing paper tax returns at the same time. According to the IRS, there is no advantage to filing tax returns on paper in early January instead of waiting for the IRS to begin accepting e-filed returns.

The IRS also reminds taxpayers that they should keep copies of their prior-year tax returns for at least 3 years. Taxpayers who are changing tax software products this filing season will need their adjusted gross income from their 2015 tax return in order to file electronically. The Electronic Filing Pin is no longer an option.

According to the IRS, "Where's My Refund?" remains the best way to check the status of a refund.

April 18 Filing Deadline
The filing deadline to submit 2016 tax returns is April 18, 2017, rather than the traditional April 15 date. In 2017, April 15 falls on a Saturday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday, April 17. However, Emancipation Day--a legal holiday in the District of Columbia--will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation's filing deadline to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation.

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