When Can I File My 2015 Taxes in 2016?

By | November 22, 2015

What is the first day to file my tax return in 2016?

Many people want to get a jump on filing their 2015 taxes in 2016. Others may want to claimed the earned income tax credit as soon as possible in 2016 by filing their taxes early. The choice is up to the taxpayer when they decide to file their taxes in 2016. The IRS has announced that they will begin accepting tax returns on January 19, 2016. This is the first day that people can file their 2015 taxes.

What is the First Day to File Taxes?

The first day to file taxes in 2016 and the day when the IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns in 2016 has not been announced yet. Typically the IRS will post the first day to file taxes in mid December 2015. Remember though, you cannot file your taxes until you get all your W-2 forms, so the earliest date that you can file may be later than the IRS starting date. Typically people will receive W-2 forms from their employers or their employers accountant by the end of January. If you have not received a W-2 by the end of February, it should be very important to contact your employer and special steps may need to be taken.

See more information:  IRS Tax Bracket for 2015 and Standard Deduction


First Day to File Taxes in Past

Last year the IRS announced the starting date at the end of December, and the date was January 20.

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  • Friday, January 31, 2014
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The IRS starts processing previously stockpiled returns. Most (but not all) are processed on a first-in, first-out basis. The IRS will run a small number of stockpiled returns through their systems up to a week before this date for testing purposes. If yours is one of them, please note that your tax refund (if any) will not be processed until after the IRS processing date.


Preparing Ahead to File 2016 Taxes

Even though you cannot submit a tax return to the IRS before they start accepting them, you can start assembling papers that will be necessary to complete your 2015 taxes and file early in 2016. This includes assessing income, expenses, and other deductions you may be able to take. You may start receiving tax forms such as W-2, 1099, 1099-INT, and others. Gathering these documents will speed up filing once  the IRS begin accepting returns in 2016.


When do tax refunds start getting mailed?

If you’re waiting on a tax refund, you can‘t get it until you file, and the IRS says it will accept returns starting January 20, 2015. Following the passage of the extenders legislation, the IRS says it anticipates opening the 2015 filing season as scheduled in January.


Last Day to File Taxes in 2016

April 18, 2016 is the last day to file your 2015 tax returns without penalty or fines. This is different than previous years where tax returns are typically due on April 15. Like every year, taxes are due by April 15th. However, you have an option to request a 6-month extension that moves the filing deadline to October 15th. The quickest and most accurate way to file your tax return and receive your refund is to e-file. We are not attempting to pretend to be the IRS. We are in no relation to the federal government.



More Information about 2015 and 2016 Earned Income Tax credit (2015 EIC)