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IRS Announces Opening of 2018 Filing Season Tax season to begin January 29

Posted 1/5/2017


The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on January 29. Many software companies will be accepting tax returns before January 29 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open.

Although the IRS will begin accepting both electronic and paper tax returns January 29, paper returns will begin processing later in mid-February as system updates continue.

The IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting on February 27, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return.