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IRS Announces January 29 as Start of Tax Season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has officially set the start date for the 2024 tax season – Monday, January 29, 2024. On this day, the IRS will begin accepting and processing 2023 tax returns, with an expected 128.7 million individual tax returns to be filed by the April 15, 2024, deadline.

Key Filing Dates

For most taxpayers, the deadline to file personal federal tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2024.

However, residents of Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17, 2024, due to holidays.

Additionally, taxpayers in federally declared disaster areas may have additional time to file. To ensure a smooth filing process, the IRS encourages taxpayers to gather necessary information, report all taxable income accurately, and file electronically with direct deposit.

While most refunds are issued in less than 21 days, tax professionals should remind their clients not to rely on specific dates, especially for major purchases or bill payments. The IRS cannot issue Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) refunds before mid-February due to the federal PATH Act.

Mark these key dates for the 2024 filing season:

  • January 12: IRS Free File opens.

  • January 16: Due date for 2023 fourth quarter estimated tax payments.

  • January 26: Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day.

  • January 29: Filing season start date for individual tax returns.

  • April 15: Due date of filing a tax return or requesting an extension for most of the nation.

  • April 17: Due date for Maine and Massachusetts.

  • October 15: Due date for extension filers.

Stay informed, get ready, and make the 2024 tax season a smooth experience.


Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal tax advice. Advanced Tax Solutions is not liable or responsible for any damages resulting from or related to your use of this information. It is your responsibility to refer to official IRS documentation for information regarding any tax laws or tax information shown here.


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