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2023 Filing Season Begins January 23rd, IRS Confirms

January 12, 2023

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on January 23rd…are you prepared?

The IRS has confirmed it will begin accepting 2022 tax returns on January 23, 2023. Here’s what you need to know for this upcoming tax season.

What is the tax deadline this year?

The deadline to file 2022 tax returns and pay tax owed is Tuesday, April 18, 2023. The IRS expects more than 168 million individual tax returns to be filed. If you cannot file your return by April 18th, you may apply for an extension to file until October 16th, but this is not an extension of time to pay your tax. Taxes owed are still due by April 18th. Taxes are due by April 18 since April 15 falls on a Saturday this year and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in Washington, D.C., is April 17.

Victims of California’s storms have until May 15, 2023 to file.

The January 23rd start date will allow the IRS proper time to conduct additional programming and testing to ensure that the systems will run smoothly throughout filing season.

Are there any benefits to filing right when tax season officially begins?

There are a few benefits to preparing your returns earlier rather than later—namely blocking identity theft more successfully by filing before a fraudster can. The other advantage is that refunds tend to be issued more quickly before the volume picks up later in March and April.

Returns cannot be filed until January 23rd, however if you made $73,000 or less in 2022, you can access IRS Free file and complete your return beginning January 13th and file as soon as e-filing starts.

Good news is, the IRS has trained thousands of new employees and the agency expects this tax season to be smoother than last year.

E-filing vs. paper filing

Furthermore, the IRS is encouraging taxpayers to file electronically with the direct deposit option. Paper returns are subject to longer processing times.

What’s new this filing season?

Check out What Tax Rates Do I Use for Filing this Year? and Filing Taxes in 2023: What You Should Know for helpful information about filing in 2023.

To expedite refunds and prevent delays, here are some key reminders:

  • Visit to access your personal tax account information
  • Make estimated payments by January 17, 2023
  • Select your preferred direct deposit method (bank account, prepared debit card or through the mobile app)

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