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2019 tax filing season for individual filers begins Jan. 27

Posted at 7:28 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 08:32:51-05

The IRS says that the nation's tax season will start for individual tax return filers on Monday, January 27, 2020.

On that date the agency will begin accepting an processing 2019 tax returns.

Tax payers will have until Wednesday, April 15 to file a 2019 tax return and pay any tax owed.

The IRS says that more than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed.

“As we enter the filing season, taxpayers should know that the dedicated workforce of the IRS stands ready to help,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We encourage taxpayers to plan ahead and use the tools and information available on The IRS and the nation's tax community are committed to making this another smooth filing season."

According to the agency, the January 27 opening date was chosen to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems and to address the potential impact of recent tax legislation on 2019 tax returns.

Returns may be prepared through the IRS Free File program, tax software companies, and tax professional before the start date. Processing, however, will begin when the IRS system opens on January 27.

For more information on how to file taxes, visit the Internal Revenue Service website.