Taxpayers can get a jump on preparing their 2013 returns beginning this week, but will have to wait until Jan. 31 to begin filing tax returns.
The Internal Revenue Service announced Friday that software from Free File companies is available for the majority of taxpayers.
“In Georgia, we expect 3.8 million returns to be filed electronically, in which 70 percent of Georgia tax filers are eligible to use Free File,” IRS spokesman Mark Green said.
The IRS said that the filing season was delayed due to critical system testing following last year’s partial government shutdown.
“Many tax preparers and tax software companies are now open for return preparation, including Free File,” Green said. “If you plan to get a head start on your taxes, remember to e-file. Electronic filing will allow software companies to hold your return and to automatically send it to the IRS on Jan. 31.”
The agency said there is no advantage to filing by paper. About 100 million individual taxpayers and families that earn $58,000 or less are eligible to use the free software or online-fillable forms.
The IRS also offers services to taxpayers preparing their own returns at IRS.gov, including updates on refunds, videos with tax tips and other information.
Free File allows is a public-private partnership that allows taxpayers to do federal tax returns using brand-name software. The fourteen companies have partnered with the IRS for the 11 years. Nearly 40 million taxpayers have used it.
To use Free File:
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