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When is the earliest I can file?
Because so many of our clients are excited to get their refunds, we get asked all the time, “When is the earliest I can file my federal tax return?”
You cannot technically file your federal taxes until the IRS starts accepting returns. However, you can begin to prepare your return with a pay stub, and complete it when you have your W-2 form or other necessary tax documents. Tax-preparation services can also help with this.
You can prepare and submit your return as soon as you receive your W-2s from your employers and have all the relevant information and documents. Most W-2s arrive in mid-January, but employers have until January 31, 2023 to send 2022 W-2s and Forms 1099, so you could receive yours as late as early February.
Three benefits of filing your taxes early
and the documents you’ll need
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