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Is the IRS ready to accept taxes for the 2012 filing year yet?

Asked by: epondel 1864 views YA Discussion

I was wondering with all the chaos going on in congress, if we have a good chance on getting our refunds on or before Jan 31, 2012. I am wondering because my lease is up and It’s my money and I want it now lol.

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  1. RUSerious on Jan 07, 2013 Reply

    The earliest that the IRS will begin accepting 2012 tax returns is January 22, 2013 and it is highly doubtful that you will have all of your W-2′s, 1099′s and other tax forms available to actually fill out your tax return and then of course, there is the processing time needed to verify the accuracy of your return, etc., etc.

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    • Amanda on Jan 22, 2013 Reply

      My mother in law has her tax service business. She received a letter like always from the good old goverment. This years letter was different that previous years. The letter stated she could not start filing taxes until 1/30/2013 plus, there will be not expect or est. return dates. In previous years, the letter would say…for example…lets say you filed your return on 2/5 the you expected date of refund was about a week 2/10. This year her letter didn’t have expected return dates if you file on “said date or day”.. If H&R block tell you yes they can file…it’s too but, it’s basically hanging in cyber space until goverment opens up for business.. Good Luck…yes, it’s very very unfair to the world of middle class!!!

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  2. Pascal the Gambler on Jan 07, 2013 Reply

    1/22. Don’t count on a quick refund. Never count on a quick refund.

    If you wanted the money, you could have had it in your paychecks all along.

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  3. Bash Limpbutt's Oozing Cyst© on Jan 07, 2013 Reply

    The IRS won’t even start accepting e-filed returns until Jan 22. Even so, many folks won’t be able to file then if they are impacted by the unpatched AMT rules (that were patched in the “fiscal cliff” legislation). Those folks will have to wait until mid to late February before they will be able to file.

    Even if you can file on Jan 22, the odds of having your refund in hand by Jan 31 are rather slim. The IRS is not publishing a refund cycle chart this year and is only saying that about 90% of taxpayers will have their refunds in hand in 21 days or less. Less could be a lot less — I got mine in 4 days last year — but it could be a lot more than 21 days for some folks.

    Unless you are receiving large refundable credits, your refund should not be all that much if you file your W-4 properly. The object is not to lend the government large amounts of money all year long at 0% interest but to come as close as possible to even money when you file.

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  4. Cathi K on Jan 07, 2013 Reply

    The IRS will start accepting returns on Jan 22. It will be 8 – 21 days for a refund. You should adjust your W4 so less money is taken out during the year so you have it now instead of a big refund. IF you are talking about EIC that is a welfare payout and it is not your money until you get it.

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    • Cindy on Jan 15, 2013 Reply

      Really Cathi K? A welfare payout? I think not. I work hard for my money all year long and while my children are eligible for EIC that’s just the way it is. This will be my last year for it and as others continue to get their EIC I will be very happy for them

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  5. Bobbie on Jan 07, 2013 Reply

    No of course NOT and the IRS will not be ready until may be January 22 2013 to start accepting the online efiled 1040 qualified MEF FIT returns so IF your return does get ACCEPTED by the IRS with out any problems and you do receive your acknowledgment from the IRS in about a day or 2 after it is transmitted to the IRS and then during the processing it does NOT get delayed for some unknown reason then you MIGHT be one of the lucky ones that MIGHT be able to receive your anticipated REFUND amount by DD to your personal checking account by February 1 2013 which will be about half of the possible projected 21 days for the 2013 tax filing season for the receipt of the REFUND amounts.
    Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 01/07/2012

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