When Can I File Taxes in 2017?
We get the question a lot “When Can I File Taxes in 2017?” We have the answer!
The IRS typically has all forms available January 5th, but sometimes earlier. In 2012, we were able to efile on January 2nd. Technically if forms were available, you could file as early as January 1st, 2017. This is extremely unlikely though, due to any legislature going on towards the end of the year. Most states have their forms available as early as January 5th also, sometimes a few days later depending on the state. This is our best answer for “When Can I File Taxes in 2017?”
December 9th 2016 Update: You may file as early as your tax software will let you, but the IRS made it official that you will not see any acceptance until January 23rd, 2017. This should not discourage you from filing before, your software or local company will hold your return until the 23rd then file it for you. Here is the full story.
As a reminder, the IRS recommends filing early, but filing early is no guarantee of an early refund. There are many factors that go into getting your tax refund back such as your personal tax situation, how you file(efile or paper), your efile provider(such as HRBlock or TurboTax), IRS fraud procedures, and the tax forms you file.
Could my 2016 tax return be delayed?
Yes, many taxpayer’s 2016 tax return will be delayed due to new IRS fraud procedures dealing with Earned Income and Additional Child Tax Credit. details.
The IRS also has new fraud procedures that will take affect in 2017 to save millions due to tax fraud. These procedures might delay your IRS tax refund slightly.
If I file early, how do I track my 2017 tax refund? Use IRS Where’s My Refund to track your tax refund.