when can i file 2012 taxes

    There are two dates to consider:
    The IRS will not start processing or accepting eFiling until January 17, 2012.  
    TurboTax will "accept" and "stockpile" your submitted return starting January 5, 2012.

    One potential problem with submitting/sending it as soon as you can is that once it is banked/stockpiled by Intuit, the file cannot be retrieved. If you note any errors or potential corrections after you e-file on January 5 or thereabouts, you will need to wait until your original return is processed by the IRS, then file an amended return Form 1040X [and possible state amend return - oh happy days :(  ]

    Do consider possibly waiting for your W-2 to arrive before submitting your return.
    You can do pretty much everything else in preparing before going back to the W-2 by "skipping" entering your W-2 until later..

    You can mail your return in earlier than that but doing so will not result in a refund any earlier than if you e-file on the 17th of January, as paper returns take longer to process.

    IRS Schedule of process refunds:   http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p2043.pdf

    So you can see from the IRS schedule, they expect to process direct deposit refunds in about 8 days from processing.  Note that the refund date is dependent on the date the IRS accepts the return, which is not the same as the date that you transmit the form into TurboTax.
    s/ Scruffy_Curmudgeon - Not an Intuit employee -
    IAFF retired Firefighter(FF1/2)&Paramedic, -USAR O3 AIS/ASA '66-'67
    any/all thanks appreciated
    • Just a comment.......you will actually file 2012 tax returns in 2013.  The current tax year is 2011.
    • shut up
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