The Internal Revenue Service has announced plans to begin accepting Individual tax returns electronically starting in mid-January, 2018.
The last date to submit your tax returns is usually April 15th. However, since April 15th falls on a Sunday in 2018 and accommodating for legal holidays, the deadline has been moved to April 17th.
The filing deadline to submit 2017 tax returns is Tuesday, April 17, 2018, rather than the traditional April 15 date. In 2018, April 15 falls on a Sunday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday — April 16. However, Emancipation Day — a legal holiday in the District of Columbia — will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation.
Choosing e-File and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and receive a refund. The IRS anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days, but there are some important factors to keep in mind for taxpayers.
Beginning in 2017, a new law requires the IRS to hold refunds on tax returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit until mid-February. Under the change required by Congress in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, the IRS must hold the entire refund — even the portion not associated with the EIC and ACTC — until at least February. 15. This change helps ensure
that taxpayers get the refund they are owed by giving the IRS more time to help detect and prevent fraud.
For further information on these deadlines and tax refunds please visit https://www.irs.gov and see the 1040EZ Instructions Section 1 – Before You Begin.
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