As we approach the end of the year, it’s important to start thinking about tax season. Knowing when you can file your taxes and what deadlines to keep in mind will help you avoid any penalties or late fees. In this article, we’ll go over some key dates and deadlines for filing your 2023 taxes, along with detailed explanations, real-life examples, practical tips, and common mistakes to avoid.
Key Dates for the 2023 Tax Season
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) typically begins accepting tax returns in mid-to-late January each year. For the 2023 tax season, the IRS has officially started accepting and processing 2022 tax returns from January 23, 2023. This is a crucial date to mark on your calendar as it signifies the beginning of the tax filing season.
Most of the individual tax returns for the 2022 tax year are expected to be filed before the April 18 tax deadline. This is a slight shift from the traditional April 15 deadline due to the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C. falling on a weekday.
Exceptions That Could Affect These Dates
There are occasionally circumstances that could impact these dates. For example:
- If you request an extension to file your return, this would change your deadline. It’s important to note that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Any owed taxes are still due by the original deadline, and failure to pay can result in penalties and interest.
- If there are changes made by Congress that affect tax laws or regulations. For instance, in 2020, the CARES Act extended the tax filing deadline to July 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- If there are unforeseeable natural disasters (such as hurricanes) that impact certain areas. The IRS often provides tax relief to individuals and businesses affected by disasters.
Planning Ahead for Tax Season
Now that you have a general understanding of when you need to file taxes in 2023, let’s take a look at some key deadlines leading up those dates:
By December, gather all necessary documentation such as W2s from employers and other financial statements. Consider if doing itemized deductions instead of standard deduction makes sense for your personal finances. This is also a good time to make any year-end tax moves, like making charitable donations or selling off losing investments to offset capital gains.
By January, wait until mid-to-late month when the IRS begins accepting tax returns. Check with the local and state agencies for any specific requirements. This is also a good time to start organizing your tax documents and receipts.
By February, if you haven’t received all necessary documentation yet, follow up with employers or financial institutions. Start filing early if possible to get a head start on those who tend to wait until the last minute. Filing early can also help prevent tax identity theft, as thieves can’t file a fraudulent return in your name if you’ve already filed.
By March, be sure that documentation is correct before submitting your return. Consider working with a professional tax preparer or using tax software such as TurboTax to help navigate the process. If you’re expecting a refund, filing earlier can get that money in your hands sooner.
Filing taxes can be overwhelming, but planning ahead and staying informed about important dates and deadlines can help make it a smoother process. In 2023, keep in mind that the deadline for filing is April 18th, and that the IRS typically starts accepting returns mid-to-late January (although keep an eye out for announcements). By following these guidelines and keeping track of key dates throughout different times of year, you’ll be able to avoid penalties while making sure everything gets filed on time!
When is the deadline for filing tax returns in 2024?
The deadline for filing your federal income tax return is April 15, 2024. However, if you need more time to file your return, you can request an extension until October 15, 2024.
When will the IRS begin processing tax returns for the year 2023?
The exact date when IRS will start accepting electronic and paper filed tax returns for the year 2023 has not been announced yet. Historically, however, it’s typically around January of each year that they begin processing tax returns.
What happens if I miss the tax-filing deadline?
If you miss the April 15th deadline and do not request an extension by that date or fail to file by October 15th (after extension), you may be subject to late-filing penalties as well as interest charges on any taxes owed which accrue daily from April until paid in full. It is always advisable to take prompt action before missing a due date or deadline in order to minimize any financial consequences – reach out directly to a licensed professional who can help guide you through your options at that time!