IRS Announces E-File Open Day! Be the First In Line for Your Tax Refund

Tax News Graphic showing "IRS E-File Open Day" and a calendar noting the e-file open day is February 12

Mark your calendars! The IRS announced today that they will begin processing tax returns on Friday, February 12, 2021. You can get started now with TurboTax and be first in line for your tax refund!

TurboTax is already accepting tax returns and will securely hold them for transmission to the IRS and States once they begin accepting e-file. Whether you want to do your taxes yourself, file with the help of an expert, or have an expert file for you, TurboTax is open and ready to help you get your biggest refund.

Last year, close to 75 percent of taxpayers received a direct deposit tax refund of close to $3,000. We know that your tax refund can make a big difference in your financial life, whether you need to pay down debt or save for something special. 

Combined with e-file, direct deposit is the fastest way to get your tax refund. Overall, the IRS anticipates nine out of 10 taxpayers will receive their refund within 21 days of when they file electronically with direct deposit if there are no issues with their tax return. 

The IRS encourages all taxpayers to file as soon as possible and reminds you to keep copies of your prior-year tax returns for at least three years. The filing deadline to submit 2020 tax returns is May 17, 2021.

Check back with the TurboTax Blog this tax season to get the latest news for all things taxes and saving money!

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  1. Hello,
    I tried to file my fed form 1120S and my WI 5S and I got a pop up message in TT that the Intuit Elec Filing Center is not open for the season yet. Why is that happening? I tried to call into TT support but couldn’t get through the frustrating system of prompts and redirects. Very frustrated!
    thanks,
    Jonny
    March 1, 2019

  2. I FILED ON 1//22 AND HAVENT RECEIVED MY REFUNT YET IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE GIVENT ON 2/12 FROM WHAT TURBO TAX APP SAYS . WHY THE DELAY ?

    1. Hi,
      The IRS expects to start releasing tax refunds to taxpayers who claimed the EITC and the additional Child Tax Credit on 2/15.The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related tax refunds to be available in bank accounts or on debit cards beginning on February 27, 2019 assuming you chose direct deposit and there are no other issues.
      Best,
      Lisa Greene-Lewis

  3. Transmission did not go through. received error “Our records indicate that you are not entitled to efile one or more formsets”. will not let me proceed past this screen. please assist, thank you.

  4. We just filed our 2013 early February. Tried to file 2014 yesterday and was rejected because they cannot find our agi. We tried the pin number and even put the 0 like it said. Still was rejected. Is this because 2013 has not yet been processed? How then can we e file 2014 now? Both will get refunds. Need this info in the system asap due to college financial aid. Is there another way?

    1. Hi Peggy,
      Yes, your 2013 would need to be processed and in the IRS system. You also would not see your 2014 tax refunds until the IRS processes your 2013 taxes. You can file your 2014 as soon as possible and mail it in.
      Thank you,
      Lisa Greene-Lewis

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