"GET READY" for Tax Filing Season Resources

Date: December 04, 2017

Tax season is right around the corner

The IRS is helping you plan for tax season with these helpful online tools:

Take Steps Now for Tax Filing Season

Get ready today to file your 2017 federal income tax return. Changes for the tax filing season include ITINs, delays in refunds and validating your electronically filed return.

You May Need to Renew Your ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)

Your ITIN may expire before you file a tax return in 2018. All ITINs not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will expire on December 31, 2017. Additionally, all ITINs issued before 2013 with middle digits of 70, 71, 72 or 80 (Example: (9XX-70-XXXX) will expire at the end of the year.

Delays in Refunds for EITC and ACTC

If you claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) or the additional child tax credit (ACTC) on your tax return, the IRS must hold your refund until at least February 15 — even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC.

Validating Your Electronically Filed Tax Return

When self-preparing your taxes and filing electronically, you must sign and validate your electronic tax return by entering your prior-year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or your prior-year Self-Select PIN. Using an electronic filing PIN is no longer an option.

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