The Almost-End of the 2023 Tax Season

It’s been a while since I posted: family issues, tax deadlines, and paper in every direction has made me concentrate on serving my clients, and not the blog.  I’ll have a recap of the 2023 Tax Season soon, but today is a celebratory day: Today is the almost-end of the 2023 Tax Season.  Thursday, November 16th is the filing deadline for California taxpayers (except for four counties in the northeast portion of the state).  I believe we have one signature document outstanding, but otherwise our outstanding California returns were filed.

It’s not the end of the 2023 Tax Season, though: taxpayers impacted by hurricanes in Florida (most of the state except for the Miami-Palm Beach area), South Carolina, Maine, and Massachusetts have until Thursday, February 15, 2024 to file their extended 2022 tax returns.  We have four such clients.

The IRS will be turning off electronic filing of individual returns this weekend until sometime in January.  The ancient IRS computer system (it dates to 1959) takes two months or so to be reprogrammed for the following year taxes.  If you need to electronically file a 2020 tax return (or a 2020 amended return), now is a great time to do so because after Friday you won’t be able to.

I’ll also soon have a preview of the upcoming paperwork tsunami disaster and what it means for both the 2024 Tax Season and Automated Underreporting Unit notices in 2025.

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