However, many tax programs have not been fully completed to begin filing because of the government shutdown.
While the IRS will begin processing returns, we do anticipate delays across the board.
The IRS does not release a calendar but continues to issue guidance that many filers should receive their refund within 21 days.
They also remind filers that many tax software programs permit you to file your taxes before the beginning of tax season.
However, these software programs don’t eFile until the IRS opens the system (with a few minor exceptions for testing).
Also, you are legally permitted to mail in your 2018 tax return starting on January 1, 2019.
However, if you mail in your return, you can expect to add 6-8 weeks to your processing time (at the low end).
Early Filers – You Will See A Delay In Your Refund
Congress passed a law last year that requires the IRS to HOLD all tax refunds that include the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before February 15, 2019, regardless of how early the tax return was filed.
So, if you file on the first day, you may still be waiting until February 15 for your refund.
The IRS released a note last year that people held up by this delay shouldn’t expect their refunds before the week of February 25, assuming there are no other issues with the tax returns.
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