2012 – 2013 U.S. Tax Calendar and Important Tax Filing Dates
If you are hoping for a quick refund this year, get started in December by selecting an efile tax program, compiling your expenses and deductions, and gathering all your receipts.
January 1, 2013
Online products such as H&R Block at Home Free Edition and TurboTax become available on January 1. With these services, you may begin preparation of your tax returns — your tax forms will be eFiled as soon as the IRS is ready to accept your type of tax return.
January 30, 2013
The IRS has announced that it can begin processing tax returns on January 30 for most Americans. However, some taxpayers with more complicated tax situations may have to wait until February or March to file taxes.
February 1, 2013
Employers are required to mail your W2 or 1099 form by February 1. You must have all your W2 and 1099 forms for all jobs worked in the previous year before you can file your taxes. If you have not received your W2 or 1099 forms by the first week in February, you should contact your employer.
February – March 2013
Due to recent tax laws changes, the IRS has to reprogram some of their tax processing systems. Some taxpayers, including those claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits may have to wait until February or March to file their taxes.
April 17, 2013
U.S. Individual Federal Tax Returns are due for the 2012 fiscal year on April 17, 2013. Your tax documents must be postmarked or eFiled by midnight on April 17, 2013 to avoid a late penalty. This is also the deadline to file for a 6 month tax extension. Traditionally, the personal income tax deadline is April 15, however this date is often adjusted by the IRS by a few days to accommodate holidays and weekends. Most state taxes are also due on April 17, with a few exceptions – check the state tax due date chart for your state’s deadline.
October 15, 2013
This is the final due date for individual federal tax returns filed with a 6 month extension. This is also the last day that the IRS will accept efiled tax returns for 2012 taxes. If you must file after October 15, you will need to mail in your forms for manual processing.