What Is the Earliest Date a Person Can E-File Their Income Taxes?

April 15 is the deadline to file income taxes.

April 15 is the deadline to file income taxes.

The earliest date a person can e-file their income taxes changes each year, but is typically during the third week of January. The Internal Revenue System occasionally pushes the date back if the organization needs a little extra time to prepare for the influx of returns.

Reason to File Early

Generally speaking, the earlier you file your taxes, the earlier you’ll receive any expected refund. Filing online with e-file, with the direct deposit option, is typically the fastest way to get your refund. Getting a head start also allows more time to catch mistakes before you actually file your return. In addition, filing early helps taxpayers with college-age children get the maximum amount of financial aid, according to Lawrence Pon, a tax specialist who was interviewed by "U.S. News & World Report."


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