Although Congress waited until the bitter end, it did approve the extension of a long list of tax breaks before its members left for the holidays.
And that means the tax filing season can begin as scheduled.
The Internal Revenue Service said Monday that it will open the 2015 filing season as scheduled; it will begin to accept tax returns filed electronically on Jan. 20.
Paper returns will begin to be processed on the same day.
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The tax season’s start remained uncertain this fall because numerous tax law provisions had expired at the start of 2014. The U.S. House and Senate struggled to approve legislation that covered both the government’s spending plan and the tax provisions.
Congress did approve the extender legislation, making the tax breaks retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014. They expire Dec. 31, 2014.