IRS announces the start of e-File for the 2021 Tax Season will be Friday, February 12th

Today, the IRS announced the e-file start date for the 2021 tax season, which came as a surprise to many of us since normally IRS starts accepting tax returns no later than the last week of January. However, this year, the IRS will need more time to prepare after the COVID relief act that took effect in late December. And yes, the tax filing deadline is still April 15. “If filing season were opened without the correct programming in place, then there could be a delay in issuing refunds to taxpayers,” the IRS said in its announcement. Click the link below to read the full news release.

Key filing season dates

January 29. Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day to raise awareness of valuable tax credits available to many people – including the option to use prior-year income to qualify.

February 12. IRS begins 2021 tax season. Individual tax returns begin being accepted and processing begins.

February 22. Projected date for the Where’s My Refund tool being updated for those claiming EITC and ACTC, also referred to as PATH Act returns.

First week of March. Tax refunds begin reaching those claiming EITC and ACTC (PATH Act returns) for those who file electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax returns.

April 15. Deadline for filing 2020 tax returns.

October 15. Deadline to file for those requesting an extension on their 2020 tax returns

Click the button below to read the official IRS news release regarding the start of e-File for the 2021 Tax Season

CLICK HERE to read to full IRS news release.