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nategodina4215
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How long will it take for the IRS to “finalize “ my paper work so I can complete my filing ? Thank you.

 
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xmasbaby0
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How long will it take for the IRS to “finalize “ my paper work so I can complete my filing ? Thank you.


When can I file for 2018?

Even though TurboTax will presently allow you to “e-file” your 2018 tax return; be aware that your return is just going to sit on a server waiting until the IRS begins to accept returns, beginning on January 28.  If you discover that you need to change something, you will not be able to do it.  You will have to wait out the IRS and amend later after they fully process the return.  And amending takes about 4 months.  Amended returns have to be mailed; you can’t “fix” a mistake and e-file the correction.

Just hours after TurboTax started allowing users to e-file, we began to hear from people who were in such a rush to file that they made big mistakes and are now stunned to find out that they cannot do anything to fix their mistakes for weeks, if not months.  Do you want to be one of them? 

Tax preparation software cannot be finalized and become available to you until the IRS finalizes the forms and then goes through the process of approving the software.  Further, many states do not have their forms ready to use yet.

Employers have until the end of January to issue W-2’s.  You may also need to wait for your various kinds of 1099’s  and/or 1098’s to come from banks, Social Security, schools, and other financial institutions that will issue them in late January/early February.  

Trying to file too early is unwise.  With all of the massive tax law changes, new forms, new software, and now the shutdown, it is better to wait for the “bugs”  and “glitches” to be worked out before you file.  Filing too early because you hope for a quick refund may accomplish just the opposite—your return could end up clogged in a mess that will take weeks or even months to sort out, as many “early” filers have discovered in the past.


**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

How long will it take for the IRS to “finalize “ my paper work so I can complete my filing ? Thank you.


When can I file for 2018?

Even though TurboTax will presently allow you to “e-file” your 2018 tax return; be aware that your return is just going to sit on a server waiting until the IRS begins to accept returns, beginning on January 28.  If you discover that you need to change something, you will not be able to do it.  You will have to wait out the IRS and amend later after they fully process the return.  And amending takes about 4 months.  Amended returns have to be mailed; you can’t “fix” a mistake and e-file the correction.

Just hours after TurboTax started allowing users to e-file, we began to hear from people who were in such a rush to file that they made big mistakes and are now stunned to find out that they cannot do anything to fix their mistakes for weeks, if not months.  Do you want to be one of them? 

Tax preparation software cannot be finalized and become available to you until the IRS finalizes the forms and then goes through the process of approving the software.  Further, many states do not have their forms ready to use yet.

Employers have until the end of January to issue W-2’s.  You may also need to wait for your various kinds of 1099’s  and/or 1098’s to come from banks, Social Security, schools, and other financial institutions that will issue them in late January/early February.  

Trying to file too early is unwise.  With all of the massive tax law changes, new forms, new software, and now the shutdown, it is better to wait for the “bugs”  and “glitches” to be worked out before you file.  Filing too early because you hope for a quick refund may accomplish just the opposite—your return could end up clogged in a mess that will take weeks or even months to sort out, as many “early” filers have discovered in the past.


**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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xmasbaby0
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How long will it take for the IRS to “finalize “ my paper work so I can complete my filing ? Thank you.

https://care-cdn.prodsupportsite.a.intuit.com/forms-availability/turbotax_fed_online_individual.html

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
VolvoGirl
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How long will it take for the IRS to “finalize “ my paper work so I can complete my filing ? Thank you.

We don’t know and the IRS just announced they won’t open Efiling until Jan 28so there’s no hurry.  The returns will just sit and pile up at Turbo Tax until the IRS opens.  And if you discover an error or get another tax form you can’t get your return back.  It’s better to wait.
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