when can 2013 taxes be filed

whats the earliest date my 2013 taxes can be filed

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    Filing a tax return before receiving your W-2 form(s) is not only discouraged, it might be illegal as well.  When you sign your paper return (or e-sign your e-filed return) you are certifying that your return is complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge, under penalty of perjury.  If you paper file you must attach the W-2 to the tax return, if you e-file you must have the W-2 in your possession.

    The exact amounts on your W-2 and those from paycheck stubs almost NEVER match and can cause long (months) delays in processing your return if the IRS matches the W-2 submitted by your employer before they issue your refund and they mismatch.

    [Paraphrased from IRS rules]
    Can you legally file without having received your W-2?  Yes, but ONLY if you have not received it by January 31, AND you have contacted your employer and attempted to obtain it, AND you still have not received it by February 14, AND THEN you contact the IRS (see the link below), THEN if the IRS is not successful in getting your W-2, you can use form 4852 in place of your W-2. But you MUST speak to the IRS before doing so.  Otherwise, it is not legal to file before you receive your W-2.

    http://www.irs.gov/uac/Here-is-What-to-do-If-You-Are-Missing-a-W-2

    In addition, the IRS will not be receiving e-filed returns until January 31 for most taxpayers.

    There is no advantage whatsoever to transmitting your return to TurboTax prior to the date that the IRS starts processing e-filed return, and many disadvantages to doing so.


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