IRS plans to open 2013 tax filing season Jan. 30

WASHINGTON D.C. – Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Jan. 8 that it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30.

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on that date after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems. This will reflect the bulk of the late tax law changes enacted Jan. 2.

The announcement means that the vast majority of tax filers – more than 120 million households – should be able to start filing tax returns starting Jan. 30.

The IRS estimates that remaining households will be able to start filing in late February or into March because of the need for more extensive form and processing systems changes. This group includes people claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property, or general business credits. Most of those in this group file more complex tax returns and typically file closer to the April 15 deadline or obtain an extension.

“We have worked hard to open tax season as soon as possible,” said IRS acting commissioner Steven T. Miller. “This date ensures we have the time we need to update and test our processing systems.”

The IRS will not process paper tax returns before the anticipated Jan. 30 opening date. There is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date, and taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by using e-file with direct deposit, representatives said.

“The best option for taxpayers is to file electronically,” Miller said.

The opening of the filing season follows passage by Congress of an extensive set of tax changes in ATRA on Jan. 1, 2013, with many affecting tax returns for 2012. While the IRS worked to anticipate the late tax law changes as much as possible, the final law required that the IRS update forms and instructions as well as make critical processing system adjustments before it can begin accepting tax returns.

The IRS originally planned to open electronic filing this year on Jan. 22 and said it will work closely with the tax software industry and tax professional community to minimize delays and ensure as smooth a tax season as possible under the circumstances. Updated information will be posted on

10 Responses to "IRS plans to open 2013 tax filing season Jan. 30"

  1. Danielle   January 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Will they be paying interest on our money?

  2. Rob   January 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    No. But if you owe them money you will be paying them interest.

  3. Lynda   January 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I always file early..I did just that this evening 1/17/2013.. my Professional CPA did all the forms from the updated and released soft ware 1/8/2013 from the IRS for this 2013 tax season. After submitting all my entered information the message received was shocking!!! DO NOT SUBMIT A PAPER FILING. SUBMIT FPR PROCESSING 1/22/2013 Okay this is 8 days earlier than told to the public. I am the first to file with my CPA his words are simple .. I have to notify the team to get ready. Tax season is started.Mine are in the pool ready to process. I just will get confirmation received as you do with all e-filing. I am doing the happy dance on this end. ….

  4. jtowne   January 18, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Right, about 9.9% sounds right.

  5. Fionna   January 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

    It’s just a week delay and not worth making a big deal over.

  6. Val   January 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    @ Fionna…Tell that to the IRS when they are looking for anything you may owe them

  7. ladyjayy   January 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I filed my taxes on the 17 of January then told me the IRS opens on the 22 then they called me telling me now they opening on the 30 but because I filed early I will get my refund back before the 30 if my e file goes with the one that are being tested

  8. Nope   January 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

    You cannot efile prior to Jan 30. They will not accept them. If your CPA told you otherwise, they are lying. Futhermore if you are someone who uses depreciable business assets or has a business activity such as a rental property, those forms cannot be filed until around mid to late February. A late efile date of Jan 30 is not that big of a deal.

  9. moore   January 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I got an email jan 27 th 2013 from irs stating my return was accepted so they are accepting early but not processing most that are accepted till jan 30. your tax preparer cannot even file your return with irs if you have forms that are unavailable till mid fed-march

  10. ci ci   February 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I think they playing with our Money cause they mad this BLACK PRESIDENT! BACK IN OFFICE. SMH TRYING TO MAKE HIM LOOK BAD…


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