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2023 tax filing season kicks off with returns due April 18

The 2023 tax filing season has started with a focus on improving service and a reminder to taxpayers to file electronically with direct deposit to speed refunds and avoid delays.

The filing season news release covers efforts to increase customer service and offers tips taxpayers can follow for a smooth filing season.


January 31 deadline for wage statements: Forms W-2, W-3, 1099-NEC

The IRS reminds employers and other businesses to file Tax Year 2022 Form W-2 and other wage statements by January 31, 2023.

Form to be filed by employers by January 31 deadline include:

  • Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement
  • Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements
  • Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation


Tax relief for storm victims

The IRS is offering relief to storm victims in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated disaster areas. For parts of California, the tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occur starting on January 8, 2023For parts of Georgia and Alabama, the tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occur starting on January 12, 2023.

As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until May 15, 2023, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period, along with other relief measures.


Check tax withholding now to avoid underpaying taxes

The IRS reminds taxpayers who earn wages to use the Tax Withholding Estimator now to adjust their 2023 withholding. People’s tax situations occasionally change through marriage or divorce, adding a child or having one move out on their own. Checking now and making necessary adjustments early in the year may help them avoid underpaying their taxes and the need for quarterly estimated tax payments.


Avoid scams: Understand how the IRS contacts taxpayers

The tax filing season is a popular time for scammers to call and try to dupe unsuspecting taxpayers. These thieves often make threatening or alarming calls posing as the IRS to try to steal taxpayer money or personal information.

Find out how to recognize if the call is a scam – and what to do if you receive this kind of phone call. Learn more about how the IRS contacts taxpayers and how to know it’s really the IRS reaching out.