What is the Earliest Date I Can File My Taxes for 2014?
Eager to get those tax forms filled out? Ready to get your tax refund now? As soon as you have your wage information in the form of W-2 or 1099 forms from your employer, you can get started on your taxes.
Online eFile software including TurboTax and H&R Block at Home already have their 2014 tax filing software released online. The IRS usually begins processing tax returns in mid- to late-January. If you complete your tax return using online eFile software, as soon as the IRS is ready to accept your return, your taxes will be automatically eFiled for you. (see our tax software top picks) Last year, due to last minute tax law changes, the IRS began processing eFiled tax returns later than usual on January 31. If you’re eager to get your tax refund this year, get your eFile submitted early before the IRS accumulates a backlog of returns.
Please also see our 2014 – 2015 Tax Calendar for more important tax filing dates including tax due dates and when you should expect to receive tax forms from your employer.
What do I need to file taxes?
In order to file taxes, you must have all your tax forms from your employer in hand — that is any W2s or 1099s from all jobs you worked in the past year. Employers are required to mail these forms to you by the end of January.
If you are hoping to get ahead of the game, even without your employer’s tax forms or information, you can still get started by entering your personal deductions, expenses, and personal information using into your online eFile software.
Best Free eFile Tax Programs
The first step in filing your taxes online is to choose an tax eFile program. Many are free for Federal returns, and charge a fee for state tax filing. Check out our comparision-guide of online tax software, or go directly to one of our top picks:
- TurboTax - Free Federal eFile (read our review)
- H&R Block At Home – Free Federal efile, State Additional (read our review)
Both TurboTax and H&R Block at Home offer great solutions no matter the complexity of your tax returns. For basic filers with limited deductions, the free versions of these programs will be acceptable. But if you run a small business, have a lot of investments, or a lot of deductions, you will want to upgrade to a more comprehensive package.