2021 Tax Season to Begin on Friday, February 12th

I have been asked by several clients when they can efile their 2020 tax returns. In most years, tax filing begins in late January. But not this year:

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.

The IRS is delaying the start of tax filing because of changes to the Tax Code made with the December 27, 2020 tax law changes.

Today happens to be the date that IRS “Free File” begins. However, returns prepared using Free File will not be transmitted to the IRS until February 12th.

As of today, the deadline for filing individual tax returns remains Thursday, April 15th.

UPDATE: A friend reminds me that just because tax returns cannot be filed until February 12th does not mean you should wait on (a) sending return information to your tax professionals and (b) starting work on your 2020 tax returns. Do not wait!!! This is not going to be a fun Tax Season for tax professionals. Get your return paperwork to your tax professionals ASAP. Most tax professionals encourage you to send your tax documents (i.e. 1099s, W-2s, etc.) as you receive them–so do so!


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