IRS Issues Key Dates for Filing Season

There are several important dates taxpayers should keep in mind for this year’s filing season.


Jan. 15

  • IRS Free File Opens. Taxpayers can begin filing returns through Free File partners; tax returns will be transmitted to the IRS starting Feb. 12. Tax software companies also are accepting tax filings in advance.

Jan. 29

  • Earned Income Tax Awareness Day to raise awareness of valuable tax credits available to many people – including the option to use prior-year income to qualify.

Feb. 12

Feb. 22

  • This is the date that it is projected that Where's My Refund tool will be updated for those claiming EITC and ACTC, also referred to as PATH Act returns.

First week of March

  • Tax refunds begin reaching those claiming EITC and ACTC (PATH Act returns) for those who file electronically with direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax returns.

April 15

  • Deadline for filing 2020 tax returns.

Oct. 15

  • Deadline to file for those requesting an extension on their 2020 tax returns


Links to Additional Resources:


IRS Mobile App, Click Here

IRS Free File, Click Here

Full IRS Notice on 2021 Tax Filing Season, Click Here

IRS Recovery Rebate center, Click Here

Tax treatment of Unemployment Benefits, Click Here

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