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When will the IRS be accepting tax returns for the 2012 tax year

TurboTax will let you efile your return early (Jan 3rd) & keep your return on their servers until the IRS opens their efiling system (right now it is Jan 22nd but could change).  The only thing with that is if you need to correct or add information to your return you cannot get it back even if it is sitting on TurboTax servers.  To make changes to your return you would have to amend your return once the IRS (and/or State) has accepted & processed your return, unless your return gets rejected then you can make changes & then re-efile.

UPDATE:  IRS changes date to January 30th for the start date of accepting returns.  Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service announced today it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30.

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on that date after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems. This will reflect the bulk of the late tax law changes enacted Jan. 2. The announcement means that the vast majority of tax filers — more than 120 million households — should be able to start filing tax returns starting Jan 30.


The IRS estimates that remaining households will be able to start filing in late February or into March because of the need for more extensive form and processing systems changes. This group includes people claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits. Most of those in this group file more complex tax returns and typically file closer to the April 15 deadline or obtain an extension.

What to Expect for Refunds in 2013

    The IRS has stated that they will start accepting returns for 2012 on January 22, 2013.  This is an estimate and is subject to change, due to the actions of Congress concerning tax items that have not yet been finalized for 2012.
      I have not asked, but my tax forms said they would be ready to e-file on january 10th.  I assumed this would be the date they start accepting.
      • You may be able to file your return with the forms that are available on 1/10, but the IRS will not accept an e-filed return until at least 1/22.  So your return will be 'banked' until the IRS starts accepting.  Note that once you e-file you Cannot get the return back for changes.


      Then after the IRS gets it, it will take them 24-48 hours to accept or reject it. Just be patient because Turbo Tax is just going to HOLD your return until the IRS opens up on Jan 30. You won't get your refund any sooner.

      And the IRS is not putting out the Refund Cycle chart this year. They said it might take 21 days or more to get your refund.