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Tax Season Will Start Later in 2021

The 2021 Tax Season Will Start Late

 

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that tax season will start a little later than usual. This year the IRS will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax returns on Friday, February 12, 2021. (1)

In light of the December 27 tax law changes which brought the second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits to many, the IRS will use this additional time to update, program, and test their systems. (1)

If you intend to work with a tax professional or use tax software, there’s no need to wait. If you prepare your return now, not only will you have your taxes done and out of the way, but your filings will be transmitted to the IRS starting February 12. (1) 

Even with this new date in mind, your deadline to file is still April 15. To request an extension, make sure you do so by April 15. This may grant you until October 15 to file your 2020 tax returns. However, this is an extension for filing only. The IRS still requires one to pay any taxes due by the original filing date of April 15. (1) 

1. IRS.gov, January 15, 2021