On January 7, 2018 the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance confirming details of the upcoming tax season.
Despite the government shutdown, the IRS has confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.
As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns once the filing season begins. For taxpayers who usually file early in the year and have all of the needed documentation, there is no need to wait to file. They should file when they are ready to submit a complete and accurate tax return.
The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers. Because of the Patriots’ Day holiday on April 15 in Maine and Massachusetts and the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16 in the District of Columbia, taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17, 2019 to file their returns.
Software companies and tax professionals will be accepting and preparing tax returns before Jan. 28 and then will submit the returns when the IRS systems open later this month.
The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically to minimize errors and for faster refunds.