IRS Announces Tax Season Begins


IRS has announced that the 2013 filing season opens on January 30, and on its website
detailed the Forms that could be only filed at a later date. IRS also announced a variety of enhanced products and services to help taxpayers prepare and file their
returns by the April 15 deadline.

Open season. In IR 2013-14, IRS announced that it began accepting and processing
most individual tax returns on January 30 after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems to reflect the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act. The vast majority of taxpayers can file now, but IRS is continuing to update its systems
for some tax filers. IRS will begin accepting tax returns from people claiming education
credits on Form 8863, Education Credits, in mid-February while taxpayers claiming
depreciation deductions, energy credits and many business credits will be able to
file in late February or early March.

In IR 2013-14, IRS also announced that new and expanded services for taxpayers this
year include a redesigned website that’s easier to navigate and improved service options, including more video-conferencing assistance sites and additional social media tools. IRS has also stepped up its enforcement efforts to protect taxpayers from refund fraud and identity theft.

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