The 2020 Tax Filing Season opens January 27, 2020
The Filing Deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2020
2020 Filing Season: Key Information for Taxpayers
The Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the nation's tax season will start for individual tax return filers on Monday, January 27, 2020, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2019 tax year returns.
The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the traditional April tax deadline.
"As we enter the filing season, taxpayers should know that the dedicated workforce of the IRS stands ready to help," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "We encourage taxpayers to plan ahead and use the tools and information available on IRS.gov. The IRS and the nation's tax community are committed to making this another smooth filing season."
The IRS set the January 27 opening date to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems and to address the potential impact of recent tax legislation on 2019 tax returns.
While taxpayers may prepare returns through the IRS' Free File program as well as many tax software companies and tax professionals before the start date, processing of those returns will begin after IRS systems open later this month.
"The IRS encourages everyone to consider filing electronically and choosing direct deposit," Rettig said. "It's fast, accurate and the best way to get your refund as quickly as possible."
Filing electronically flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. Taxpayers can get free help preparing and filing taxes through IRS Free File online or free tax help from trained volunteers at community sites around the country. The IRS also reminds taxpayers that they don't have to wait until January 27 to start their tax return or contact a reputable tax preparer.
In addition, IRS tax help is available 24 hours a day on IRS.gov, the official IRS website, where people can find answers to tax questions and resolve tax issues online. The Let Us Help You page helps answer most tax questions, and the IRS Services Guide (PDF) links to these and other IRS services.
The Bedford Branch Library (734-847-6747) and the Ellis Library & Reference Center (734-241-5277) continue to carry a limited number of the following multi-part, machine-readable forms. Please call your branch to check availability, as these forms are heavily requested
- W2 – Wage and Tax Statement
- W3 – Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements
- 1096 – Annual Summary and Transmittal of U.S. Information Returns
- 1098 – Mortgage Interest Statement
- 1099 DIV – Dividends and Distributions
- 1099 INT – Interest Income
- 1099 MISC – Miscellaneous Income
IRS Internal Revenue Service – Along with online access to instructions and fillable tax forms, the IRS provides links for checking on the status of a return, frequently asked questions, and tax help.
Department of the United States Treasury – Find out what the Treasury Department does, including its current Economic and Tax Policy (located in the Resource Center tab).
Michigan Department of the Treasury – Along with online access to instructions and tax forms, Michigan’s Treasury Department offers access to current changes in the tax structure as well as an explanation of property taxes and a variety of useful links.
Michigan Tax Tribunal - Overseen by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Michigan Tax Tribunal is an administrative court that hears tax appeals for all Michigan taxes. While property tax appeals are normally heard by this court, they also hear business and individual tax disputes.
IRS Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts – The IRS website offers advice and tips for consumers regarding tax scams. Included is a section on recent tax scams, and what to do to avoid becoming a victim.