The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) in the US began accepting tax returns on January 29.
All tax returns should be returned by Tuesday, April 17.
The Tax Day usually falls on April 15, however this year the deadline is two days later, because April 15 falls on a Sunday and the following Monday is Emancipation Day – a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.
The IRS has reminded taxpayers to keep copies of their prior-year tax returns for at least three years, which is the typical length of time the IRS would look back if you get audited.
If your income was less than $66,000 in 2017, then many online tax services allow you to file your federal taxes for free using the IRS Free File lookup.
You can still file for free if you make more than $66,000 but you will need to use the Free File Fillable Forms.
The online filliable forms provide electronic versions of IRS paper forms to all taxpayers regardless of incomes that can be prepared and filed by people comfortable with completing their own returns.
Whenever you file your tax return, your 2017 tax bill is not due until April 17.
You can file early and schedule a payment for that day, or anytime before, if you are not quite ready to pay.
Taxpayers can expect to receive their tax refund within 21 days of filing, if they opted to receive it via direct deposit.
You can check the status of your tax refund using the IRS’s return-tracking service 24 hours after filing your tax return online or four weeks after mailing a return.
The IRS says the fastest way to get your tax refund is the method used by most taxpayers – filing electronically and selecting direct deposit as the method for receiving your refund.