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When Is The Earliest You Can File Taxes?

How early can you file your tax return, when does the IRS start accepting returns, how can you get started before the IRS opens, and what does this all mean for your tax refund?

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 fill out 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.

 

However, you can prepare and submit your return as soon as you receive your W-2s from any employers and have all the relevant information and documents. Most W-2s arrive in mid-January, but employers have until January 31, 2019 to send W-2s and Forms 1099, so you could receive yours as late as early February. 

Why Jackson Hewitt®?

We’ll work hard for you

We’re not tax machines. We’re Tax Pros who are happy to answer all of your questions, provide you with tips, and help you get smarter about your money.

We know our stuff

We’ve seen it all — from the simple to the complex — and we’ll get you every credit and deduction you deserve. Our returns come with our Maximum Refund and Lifetime Accuracy guarantees – we’ll get it right or we pay you.

We’ll make it easy

Our Tax Pros are there to help wherever you are. We’re conveniently located and offer a confidential, secure space to discuss your taxes. We’ll even get you started in advance with document drop-off or upload.