uncle-sam-tax-refundGreat News! The IRS has opened its e-file doors. This means that you can now submit your federal and state tax returns online. Submitting your tax return electronically to the IRS with e-file is safer, more convenient and much faster than filing by mail. Not only that, but using e-file and direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your refund. The opening date for individuals to file their 2013 tax returns has allowed the IRS adequate time to program and test its tax processing systems. The annual process for updating IRS systems saw significant delays in October following the 16-day federal government closure. “Our teams have been working hard throughout the fall to prepare for the upcoming tax season,” IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel said. “The late January opening gives us enough time to get things right with our programming, testing and systems validation. It’s a complex process, and our bottom-line goal is to provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation’s taxpayers.” The government closure meant the IRS had to change the original opening date from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31, 2014. The 2014 date is one day later than the 2013 filing season opening, which started on Jan. 30, 2013 following January tax law changes made by Congress on Jan. 1 under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). The extensive set of ATRA tax changes affected many 2012 tax returns, which led to the late January opening. The April 15 tax deadline is set by statute and will remain in place. However, the IRS reminds taxpayers that anyone can request an automatic six-month extension to file their tax return. The request is easily done with Form 4868, which can be filed electronically or on paper. Taxbrain has been accepting tax returns throughout January and will automatically e-file them with the IRS. You can trust Taxbrain; an IRS authorized e-filer built on the same engine used by CPAs and tax professionals nationwide for more than 20 years. Not using Taxbrain yet? Visit Taxbrain.com today to create a FREE account and receive unlimited technical support!