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IRS to begin accepting returns Jan. 30

Taxpayers who use some schedules will have to wait until mid-February or March. So far, there is no reason to expect refunds to be delayed.

By Teresa Mears Jan 8, 2013 9:24PM

Image: Calculating numbers for income tax return with pen and calculator (© Stockbrokerxtra Images/Photolibrary)The Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting tax returns on Jan. 30, 2013, though taxpayers who use some forms will not be able to file until February or March.


The agency had planned to begin accepting returns Jan. 22, but it delayed that schedule to update computers and forms to account for most of the changes Congress made in the fiscal cliff legislation passed last week.


Taxpayers will have to wait until late February or early March if they want to claim a residential energy tax credit, report property depreciation or claim a general business credit. The full list of forms that will not be available until later is available on the IRS website.


The IRS noted that most taxpayers who use those types of forms file closer to the April 15 deadline or even later, with an extension.


Both electronic and paper returns will be accepted starting Jan. 30. Taxpayers who want to file their own taxes electronically can do so free through the IRS Free File program. The quickest way to get a tax refund is to file electronically and have your refund direct-deposited to your bank account.

"We have worked hard to open tax season as soon as possible," IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller said in a news release. "This date ensures we have the time we need to update and test our processing systems."


The IRS plans to work with companies that produce tax filing software to help them update their systems to account for the latest changes.


Some of those companies are already accepting returns. TurboTax, for example, said it is already up to date with all the latest changes and is accepting returns now, though the company cannot transmit them to the IRS until Jan. 30.


So far, nothing that Congress has done will delay tax refunds. But there has been some speculation that tax refunds could be delayed if Congress fails to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling by mid-February. Asked by McClatchy Newspapers about that possibility, representatives from the White House, IRS and U.S. Treasury refused to answer questions.


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Jan 8, 2013 10:14PM

You taxed me all year yet i have to fill out a form incase you missed some money, really!

This is the dumbest tax system ever and so over complicated......makes me look forward to Obamacare and trying to get health care when they run outta forms!

Since I pay taxes all year long stop giving the 47% tax refunds when they don't work and are a drain on our nations resources!

Flat Tax now!!!!!!!

Jan 9, 2013 9:56AM
the only fair and equitable form of taxation is a flat tax. everybody and anybody pays the same rate on ALL income. no exemptions or deductions for anybody. using 10% as an example if you make $20,000 you pay $2000...if you make $20,000,000 you pay $2,000,000.
Jan 8, 2013 11:46PM

When the hell do you suppose our flippin government and all its systems will work for the folks footing the bill for all of it... US!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????

Jan 9, 2013 12:35PM
Check out FAIR TAX.  It's a whole new way of taxing that does away with the IRS and April 15th deadlines.  And EVERYBODY pays into the system, even foreigners.  I was a skeptic until I read about it and now I firmly believe in it.  Problem is, Congress will lose the money from lobbyists and be held more accountable.  That's why the bills in the House & Senate on FAIR TAX will never see the light of day.
Jan 9, 2013 1:35PM

Where did all the unhappy people come from all of a sudden??  We re-elected all these people who sucked before again so what is your complaint?  That we are morons?

Jan 9, 2013 8:17AM

No big deal.  Most Americans don't yet have all their tax information until the first week in February anyhow.  Employers and other businesses don't have to send the information out until the last date of January, so it really isn't a big deal for the filing date to be pushed back to the 30th.  Besides, you're talking about a week here.  If someone can't wait 1 week longer to get their taxes back (or pay them), then they have a problem.  For those who have to wait a little longer for the systems to update to file certain deductions, that is more of an issue, but still not really too much of a problem.  Most people who itemize do wait to file until later, so it won't be a significant wait for most of them.  Yes, some file early even with itemizing, but that isn't usually the case.


A piece of advice -- if you are able to file early and expect a refund, you should file as soon as possible.  This year sounds like it may end up similar to last year, where those who file early get their refunds right away, but many of those who file after mid-February end up having to wait for the refund to arrive.  Save yourself the hassle and file electronically with direct deposit for the refund as close to Jan 30 as possible.

Jan 9, 2013 10:27AM
I wonder if the due dates will be changed due to the delays...naah!
Jan 9, 2013 3:26PM
Will I be getting daily interest on the money they OWE me because of this delay?  I know that I have to pay interest to them if I owe them and there's a delay......
Jan 9, 2013 2:20PM
Are you sure it's not because they already spent our refunds?
Jan 9, 2013 3:03PM
Thanks to Congress that can't figure out what to do or balance a budget despite the president du jour.  Congress can pass anything they want as long as they can get 67% of each house (House of Reps and Senate) to agree on it.  Look it up, it's the Presidential Veto Override.  We can blame presidents all we want ~ and they do deserve some blame ~ but it is ultimately Congress's duty and fault for this mess.
Jan 9, 2013 6:45AM

honestly, most people don't even compile the information necessary to file until the end of January anyway...


Jan 9, 2013 8:47AM
no big deal. I have yet to receive my W-2 from any employer over my career before the end of January anyway. Always got it the last pay of January
Jan 9, 2013 10:43AM

I'm still waiting for my refund from last year. We didn't get it because our accountant filed electronically and it has something to do with identity theft. They're still investigating. My friend had that happen to him the year before. They got their tax refund last January. I'm hoping I will still get it.

This has never happened to me before. I guess electronic filing is not safe.

Jan 9, 2013 5:09PM
Who needs a W-2 form, I just look at my last pay stub and all the necessary info 
is available.   Making 10,000 this year when I use to make $45,000 does not sit 
well with my soul.  Nevertheless, life goes on. 
Jan 9, 2013 11:18AM
Just one more consequence of the liberal insistence on over spending with the nations credit card, and the conservatives insistence that the credit card needs to be cut up. Just let this crap keep going and we will soon have no credit, no tax returns, and no country. Stop the spending now, flatten and streamline the tax code now, and get back to fiscal sanity NOW.
Jan 9, 2013 6:20PM
your welcome for using my money intrest free and oh yes I don't mind waiting to get my overpayment back ......said NO ONE!!!!
Jan 9, 2013 3:32PM

This is why the smart people collect slews of weapons and ammo.


I'm just saying......

Jan 9, 2013 3:46PM
They better get there S!!! in one bag or look for another place to work!!!
Jan 9, 2013 5:43PM

There are a lot of taxpayers who normally file in January.  With delaying the start, there will be a huge backlog of returns on "hold" until IRS goes "live"...then they will all hit at once.  Will they be equipped to handle the onslaught?  Combination of delayed start and longer processing cycle means a lot of unhappy taxpayers.  All the refunds that hit the "market" in early February are going to be delayed and there will be few refunds available before the end of February.  There must be a better way!

Jan 9, 2013 6:32PM
So now the IRS will pay the help to do nothing. How about lay them off until they are ready.
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