- Tax Day 2019 is Monday, April 15.
- The government shutdown is now into its second month, but the IRS says it will still accept returns and provide refunds to taxpayers starting January 28.
- You can file your taxes as soon as you receive your W-2 form from your employer, which must be filed and postmarked on or before January 31.
Last week, about 46,000 IRS employees – just over half of its total workforce – were called back to work without pay, according to an AP report.
The IRS previously announced it would begin accepting tax returns on January 28 for the 2019 tax filing season. It also plans to pay out refunds as normal, despite previous reports that the government shutdown would delay refunds for early filers.
In order to submit your tax return, you first need a W-2 form, or Wage and Tax Statement, from every employer you had during 2018. If you’re a freelancer, you’ll need 1099 forms.
If you haven’t received your form by mid-February, you should first contact your employer and request a copy or ask that it be resent, according to the IRS. If that doesn’t work, you can then contact the IRS at 800-829-1040. You’ll need to provide the following information:
- Name, address, Social Security number, and phone number
- Your employer’s name, address, and phone number
- Dates you worked for your employer
- An estimate of your paid wages and federal income tax withheld during 2018
If you still don’t have your W-2 by April 15, you can use the W-2 substitute, Form 4852, and estimate your wages and withheld taxes. Note that the IRS could delay your refund while verifying the information. You can also file for a six-month extension using the IRS Free File.
If you receive your W-2 after filing and the information is different than what you claimed, you’ll need to file an amended tax return using Form 1040X.
Once you file your taxes, you should receive your tax refund within 21 days of filing.
- Read more of our Tax Day 2019 coverage:
- How to figure out if you should do your own taxes or hire a pro
- 11 tax deductions every independent contractor should know about
- Everything you should be doing to prepare for tax season
- A new report predicts huge swaths of Americans should expect bigger tax refunds – but not everyone is set to benefit