The Internal Revenue Service will begin processing tax returns – both paper and electronic – starting today.
Tax season officially starts today (January 28th), days after the government reopened after a 35-day shutdown that sent many IRS employees home and raised concerns about processing for this year’s returns. The IRS had recalled a “significant” portion of its staff.
For most taxpayers, the filing deadline this year is Monday, April 15. Patriot’s Day on April 15 in Maine and Massachusetts and the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16 in the District of Columbia, taxpayers in those states have until April 17 to file their returns.
In general, the IRS processes most returns within 21 days. Paper filers can expect to wait longer however.