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When can I file my taxes

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When can I file my taxes
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Hello,
You can technically file your tax 2012 return on Jan 1, 2013--providing all the forms that you need are available. However, the IRS does not start accepting returns filed electronically until approximately the end of the second week of January. So, you could file a paper return on Jan 1, but it would take longer to process than an efiled return that you file on Jan 15th. If you use a tax preparer who efiles returns, then the preparer will hold your return until the IRS begins accepting the efiled returns, so you can have your return prepared sooner than the 15th.

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