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IRS Announces the Official Start of the 2021 Filing Season
WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.
The Feb. 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the Dec. 27 tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits.
This programming work is critical to ensuring IRS systems run smoothly. If filing season were opened without the correct programming in place, then there could be a delay in issuing refunds to taxpayers. These changes ensure that eligible people will receive any remaining stimulus money as a Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2020 tax return.
“Planning for the nation’s filing season process is a massive undertaking, and IRS teams have been working non-stop to prepare for this as well as delivering Economic Impact Payments in record time,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Given the pandemic, this is one of the nation’s most important filing seasons ever. This start date will ensure that people get their needed tax refunds quickly while also making sure they receive any remaining stimulus payments they are eligible for as quickly as possible.”
Last year’s average tax refund was more than $2,500. More than 150 million tax returns are expected to be filed this year, with the vast majority before the Thursday, April 15 deadline.
Under the PATH Act, the IRS cannot issue a refund involving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. The law provides this additional time to help the IRS stop fraudulent refunds and claims from being issued, including to identity thieves.
The IRS anticipates a first week of March refund for many EITC and ACTC taxpayers if they file electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax returns. This would be the same experience for taxpayers if the filing season opened in late January. Taxpayers will need to check Where’s My Refund for their personalized refund date.
There are several important dates taxpayers should keep in mind for this year’s filing season:
*Jan. 29. Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day to raise awareness of valuable tax credits available to many people – including the option to use prior-year income to qualify. *Feb. 12. IRS begins 2021 tax season. Individual tax returns begin being accepted and processing begins. *Feb. 22. Projected date for the IRS.gov Where’s My Refund tool being updated for those claiming EITC and ACTC, also referred to as PATH Act returns. *First week of March. Tax refunds begin reaching those claiming EITC and ACTC (PATH Act returns) for those who file electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax returns. *April 15. Deadline for filing 2020 tax returns. *Oct. 15. Deadline to file for those requesting an extension on their 2020 tax returns
***The filing season open follows IRS work to update its programming and test its systems to factor in the second Economic Impact Payments and other tax law changes. These changes are complex and take time to help ensure proper processing of tax returns and refunds as well as coordination with tax software industry, resulting in the February 12 start date.
***The IRS must ensure systems are prepared to properly process and check tax returns to verify the proper amount of EIP’s are credited on taxpayer accounts – and provide remaining funds to eligible taxpayers.
***Although tax seasons frequently begin in late January, there have been five instances since 2007 when filing seasons did not start for some taxpayers until February due to tax law changes made just before the start of tax time. ... See MoreSee Less
The IRS is recommending EVERYONE to create a tax account. On this site, you will be able to view pass tax returns, letters, receive Identity Theft pins, stimulus payments, make payments online and send messages to IRS agents. Please tax the time to do this. www.irs.gov/payments/view-your-tax-account... See MoreSee Less
If you do not receive your 1st or 2nd round of Stimulus Payment by January 20th. Don't Have a complete meltdown! When you file your 2020 tax return, it will be added to your refund. But what if you owe you ask! Good question, I am still looking for that answer since the Stimulus Payment isn't suppose to be used to pay your taxes. 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
Just curious- I had someone tell me yesterday that if you are getting a refund, the stimulus amount that you received will be deducted from your refund. What about those that get little to no refund, I asked? No clear answer.