[Updated with dates to file your 2012 taxes in 2013] Generally you can paper file your 2012 tax return on January 1st 2013. But if, like most tax payers, you file an electronic return (e-file) you can only submit your return to the IRS in late January. For most people this time frame is sufficient since it takes a few weeks to receive employer income tax information forms (W-2), self employed and investment income statements (1099-MISC) or forms for any others sources of 2012 taxable income.
Even if you do file early, the IRS will not process any returns until Jan 30th 2013 – the official date of the 2013 IRS tax filing season. This has been delayed from the usual mid-January filing date due to changes in the fiscal cliff legislation, know as the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). Some groups with complicated returns may not be able to submit their filing before late February because of the need for more extensive form and processing system changes by the IRS.
The table below shows the main 2013 deadlines for filing 2012 tax returns and requesting extensions.
|January 1, 2013||First day to file a 2012 tax return. Though the IRS generally will not accept e-file and free file returns until the date below. Even paper based filings won't be processed till later in the month|
|January 30, 2013||IRS e-file to go live, allowing submission of electronic tax returns for the vast majority of tax filers|
|April 15, 2013||*Tax Day* Last day for filing 2012 federal income tax returns and extension requests|
|April 15, 2013||Deadline for filing state income tax returns (for most states) and extension requests|
|October 15, 2013||Filing extended 2013 federal and state income returns|
|April 15, 2016||Filing a 2012 tax amendment. You can file an amended or previous year return anytime, but you have a deadline of 3 years from the original due date to claim any tax refund.|
How long will it take the IRS to process my 2012 federal return and send me my refund check in 2013: The IRS issued more than nine out of 10 refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days in 2012, and it expects the same results in 2013.
State refunds are processed by each individual state, so processing times will vary. As a general rule, you can expect your state tax refund within 30 days of the electronic filing date or the postmark date. To get the current status of your state tax refund, contact your state tax agency or search online for your state’s taxation website.