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Filing your taxes

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 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, 2020 to send W-2s and Forms 1099, so you could receive yours as late as early February. 

Tax File Minute: Answers from a Tax Insider

Three benefits of filing your taxes early
and the documents you’ll need

Ask a Tax Pro

I’m concerned about ID theft. How can I protect myself while filing my taxes?
File as soon as you have all your W-2s and other income information. E-filing is the safest way to file, as e-filed tax returns are specially encrypted for extra security.

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