Can we file on 01/03/2014, or will the forms be available then, I am confused ? Thanks for any info in advance, Anna.

    Cancel

    IMPOSSIBLE - Whoever told you that - Last year the IRS seriously delayed all tax return processing.

    This year, the delay is until January 31st.  

    You may have heard that someone went to one of the firms that offers a so-called "Tax Refund Anticipation Loan" - which is not the refund but rather an extremely high interest, costly, short-term loan sold as if it was in fact the refund.


    There are two dates to consider:

    The IRS will not start processing or accepting eFiling until January 31, 2014.

    Turbotax will start accepting and "stockpiling" [meaning holding] returns on January 3, 2014.
     

    2014 Tax Season to Open Jan. 31; e-file and Free File Can Speed Refunds

    IR-2013-100, Dec. 18, 2013

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced plans to open the 2014 filing season on Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive refunds.

    The new opening date for individuals to file their 2013 tax returns will allow the IRS adequate time to program and test its tax processing systems. The annual process for updating IRS systems saw significant delays in October following the 16-day federal government closure.

    http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2014-Tax-Season-to-Open-Jan.-31;-efile-and-Free-File-Can-Speed-Refunds

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    2014 Tax Season to Start Later Following Government Closure; IRS Sees Heavy Demand As Operations Resume

    Update Dec. 18, 2013 — See news release IR-2013-100 for the most recent information.

    IR-2013-82, Oct. 22, 2013  

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a delay of approximately one to two weeks to the start of the 2014 filing season to allow adequate time to program and test tax processing systems following the 16-day federal government closure. 

    http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2014-Tax-Season-to-Start-Later-Following-Government-Closure;-IRS-Sees-Heavy-Demand-As-Operations-Resume

      Cancel
      Contribute an answer

      People come to TurboTax AnswerXchange for help and answers—we want to let them know that we're here to listen and share our knowledge. We do that with the style and format of our responses. Here are five guidelines:

      1. Keep it conversational. When answering questions, write like you speak. Imagine you're explaining something to a trusted friend, using simple, everyday language. Avoid jargon and technical terms when possible. When no other word will do, explain technical terms in plain English.
      2. Be clear and state the answer right up front. Ask yourself what specific information the person really needs and then provide it. Stick to the topic and avoid unnecessary details. Break information down into a numbered or bulleted list and highlight the most important details in bold.
      3. Be concise. Aim for no more than two short sentences in a paragraph, and try to keep paragraphs to two lines. A wall of text can look intimidating and many won't read it, so break it up. It's okay to link to other resources for more details, but avoid giving answers that contain little more than a link.
      4. Be a good listener. When people post very general questions, take a second to try to understand what they're really looking for. Then, provide a response that guides them to the best possible outcome.
      5. Be encouraging and positive. Look for ways to eliminate uncertainty by anticipating people's concerns. Make it apparent that we really like helping them achieve positive outcomes.
      Cancel