2016 Tax Season Opens Jan. 19 for Nation’s Taxpayers

The deadline to submit 2015 tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2016, rather than the traditional April 15 date. More than nine out of 10-refunds are expected to be issued in less than 21-days.

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Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15. This pushes the filing deadline to the following Monday for most of the nation. (Due to Patriots Day, the deadline will be Tuesday, April 19, in Maine and Massachusetts.) IRS will begin processing paper tax returns at the same time. There is no advantage to people filing tax returns on paper in early January instead of waiting for e-file to begin.

IRS is also working closely with the tax industry and state revenue departments to provide stronger protections against identity theft for taxpayers during the coming filing season. Taxpayers are urged to make sure they have all year-end statements in hand before filing, including Forms W-2 from employers, Forms 1099 from banks and other payers, and Form 1095-A from the Marketplace for those claiming the premium tax credit.

Taxpayers are reminded that a trusted tax professional can provide helpful information and advice about the ever-changing tax code. Tips for choosing a return preparer and details about IRS Tax Pro Association Partners  are available on IRS.gov.

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