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

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

  1. stormy_tyde   January 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I had my taxes prepared by my professional CPA today 1/17/2013. He used the updated software from the government released 1/8/2013. When he submitted after all was entered. THE SCREEN MESSAGE ON MY RETURN:
    DO NOT SUBMIT A PAPER FILING AND THE EARLIEST TO SUBMIT MY E-FILING IS 1/22/2013… NOW THIS CAME AS A SHOCK!!! The IRS has posted all over the date is 1/30/2013… guess what mine will be in the pool to get processed, mine are a done deal… just have to wait until 1/22/2013 for the confirmation received reply.

  2. April 3576   January 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Are we able to file our taxes now

  3. TONY   January 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm


  4. TONY   January 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm


  5. Robin   January 23, 2013 at 12:34 am

    You can file but it will sit in a pending status until the irs opens to start excepting them.

  6. Rebecca   January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    The IRS is not processing any complex 1040 or 1040 A forms that have form 8863 education credits. Just got my message today stating they will not be sending over my return b/c I claimed tuition for my education. This completely sucks.


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