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I.R.S. Pushes Back Start of 2020 Tax Filing Season


“This would be the same experience for taxpayers if the filing season opened in late January,” the agency said. By law, the agency cannot issue refunds to people claiming the credit until after mid-February, as part of anti-fraud efforts.Updated Jan. 23, 2021, 10:05 a.m. ETThe I.R.S. said taxpayers seeking prompt refunds should file their returns electronically. “Avoid filing paper returns wherever possible,” the agency said.Certain tax forms and attachments can’t be filed electronically, said Erin M. Collins, the national taxpayer advocate, but most can.Although the I.R.S. won’t start accepting and processing returns until …

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