When Does E-File Begin for 2014?

When Does E-File Begin for 2014?

An IRS delay puts the start of tax season to Friday, January 31, 2014.

The IRS announced the start to the 2014 tax season. The date is set at January 31, 2014.  The IRS reportedly needs the extra time “to allow adequate time to program and test tax processing systems following the 16-day government closure.”

According to the IRS:

The government closure came during the peak period for preparing IRS systems for the 2014 filing season. Programming, testing, and deployment of more than 50 IRS systems is needed to handle processing of nearly 150 million tax returns. Updating these core systems is a complex, year-round process with the majority of the work beginning in the fall of each year.

Originally the 2014 season was slated to begin on January 21st. However, the tax season is now scheduled to begin ten days after on January 31st. This makes the start of the e-file 2014 tax season one of the latest on record. That means, you have a smaller time period to file your taxes, with tax day remaining at April 15th.

As for past delays caused by the Modernized-e-File (MeF) system’s performance issues, the IRS has spent the last year making improvements faster for everyone. That means, e-filing should be faster for everyone.

Even though e-file begins at the end of January, you can still get a head-start on your taxes. In fact, RapidTax has it’s 2013 application available starting on January 1, 2014.  You can create an account during the month of January and take your time filling in your information.  Then, when e-file does open, your return will be at the front of the line to get filed.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 12:02 pm and is filed under Tax News.

7 Responses to “When Does E-File Begin for 2014?”

  1. Tammy lambert says:

    I am wondering when I can e-file to have my taxes direct deposited in my bank account

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Tammy,
      The IRS tax season officially starts on Jan. 31st. That means, the IRS will be accepting returns starting on 1/31. However, our website has the 2013 tax application already up. That means, you can fill out your tax return on our website, submit and when January 31st rolls around, we will have it submitted to the IRS.
      Saying that, if you do fill out and submit before the start of the tax season, you can probably expect your direct deposited refund by mid-February. Here is a link to an estimate tax refund cycle chart to see when you can expect your refund, based upon what day you file.
      Hope that helps. Happy filing!

  2. Bridgette says:

    Hi, I let someone from my job do my taxes , they did my taxes in 2011 everything was fine , I let them do them again for 2012, she told me when she filed them for 2012 it was rejected, I have 4 dependents which one was a newborn and we all were claimed , someone claimed me and my 4 children the only one who had access to my newborns social security number was the person who did my taxes , I’m still with the father and he lets me claim them, we found out from a rapid tax place my info was put thru on free tax usa to do a rapid refund to get the money back in 2 days , my return was offset becausevi owed money so this person was unable to get the money fast, when the bank finally received the money it was held by them because the social security number didnot match the bank account it was being deposited into, I know who did this, the irs now tells me I owe them somemoney how can I get a copy of the original tax return that was submitted first thru tax usa the one that the irs accepted first because I had to mail mine in on paper

  3. Brenda says:

    I tried filing my taxes on Tuesday but it was rejected the tax person said because the ssn of my number of my newborn probably hasn’t been updated with the IRS yet can someone tell me how long it takes for the irs to update there systems

  4. Helen says:

    I downloaded my forms from the IRS website and placed them on my USB in a PDF file. Can I email them to the IRS to file them?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Helen,
      No. You will need to prepare your taxes with a tax preparer, such as RapidTax.com. Once your tax return is prepared, you can elect to have your taxes e-filed (electronically filed) directly to the IRS or you can print, sign and mail them to the IRS.

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