You can send your tax return to the TurboTax computers starting tomorrow (Jan. 3). But TurboTax cannot send it to the IRS until January 31, when the IRS will start accepting returns. If you "e-file" in TurboTax before January 31, they will just hold your return until then. But once you send it, you can't make any changes if you discover that you made a mistake or left something out.
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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 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.
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.
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