Each December and January, the #1 question I get asked is simple: “When can I file my taxes?” You'd think it would be an easy one to answer too, but it's never the same each year. Why? Because Congress always enacts last minute tax changes and then the IRS has to create forms to match. Even in the best circumstances, it will take the IRS several weeks to prepare after Congress enacts a law. So, if Congress doesn't act until late December, tax filing will be delayed until the end of January.
The IRS announced that the 2015 tax season will open on January 20, 2015. You can file your 2014 taxes online or by mail starting on this January 20.
We put together an Estimated Refund Chart that tracks when you can file your tax returns and when you should expect your direct deposit.
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