The IRS will begin accepting 2016 tax returns on Jan. 23, and this year’s deadline is April 18 – not 15 – because the deadline arrives on a weekend and is followed by the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington.
Expect delays if you’re getting a 2017 refund – because of holidays for Presidents’ Day on Feb. 20 and processing times for the federal government and banks. The IRS, for instance, instituted some antifraud measures that may delay millions of refunds until Feb. 27, more than a month after tax-filing season opens, the agency said.
If you’re checking for an estimated refund date, you can use the agency’s online “Where’s My Refund?” tool – located at IRS.gov/refunds – anytime after Feb. 15.
Anyone who claims the earned income tax credit or the additional child tax credit will likely have their refund held until at least Feb. 15.
IRS Commissioner John …
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