Three Reasons Why the Filing Delay Doesn’t Matter To You

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You may have heard that the IRS has delayed the start of e-filing this year. They will begin accepting returns on January 31, but the good news is that you can still come by your local Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® office and get your return started sooner.  

This IRS delay does not impact Jackson Hewitt’s readiness or ability to help taxpayers get their returns ready after the New Year.  We can fill out your return as soon as you have the information you need (and we can get started even with partial information) and once the IRS turns on e-file, we can transmit your return. Why come in early? Lots of reasons! 

Be in the know sooner: You can determine the amount of refund owed to you (or amount due), receive assistance understanding what you may qualify under the Affordable Care Act, select how you prefer to receive you refund and have everything finalized for the IRS acceptance date. 

Get the earliest possible refund: The IRS anticipates that nine out of ten refunds will be issued again this year in less than 21 days, and even with the delay to the start of the filing season until January 31, the sooner you file your return, the sooner you will get your refund if you are owed one.   

Protect yourself against ID theft: Filing early can also help protect you against tax time ID theft. If a thief has gotten hold of your personal information, getting your return submitted before the potential theft occurs will prevent it.  

Beat the rush: Once e-file opens, offices will likely have long waits. Save yourself the time and the headache and cross tax prep off your to-do list. Generally, approximately 18 million taxpayers file in January.  Be ready to go so you aren’t caught in the rush of people who wait to get theirs done.

It’s important to remember that even though the start of tax season has been pushed back, the filing deadline of April 15 remains unchanged, and your tax documents such as W-2s will still arrive as they normally do. Jackson Hewitt offices will be open January 6, 2014 nationwide—some as early as January 2. Visit our office locator to find your nearest location.