NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Internal Revenue Service on Friday announced that it is pushing back the start of the 2020 tax filing season to February 12 to ensure it is properly prepared in light of the coronavirus relief act passed last month.
The IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns on that date -- as opposed to late January.
“If filing season were opened without the correct programming in place, then there could be a delay in issuing refunds to taxpayers,” the IRS said in a statement.
The statement added, "These changes ensure that eligible people will receive any remaining stimulus money as a recovery rebate credit when they file their return."
Despite the delay, the the tax filing deadline is still April 15.