What is a IRS Tax Filing Season Test Batch?

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    What is a Test Batch (Controlled Testing)?

    Many people are wondering what the IRS tax return Test Batch is all about.

    A Test Batch or (Controlled Testing) is an initial run of a batch of tax returns. You are basically this year’s Ginny pig to make sure the software is running up to speed.

    The IRS begins updating its systems for acceptance of electronic returns in the fall before tax season opens (you know, to ensure that stuff like last seasons delays doesn’t happen). Usually, this happens between September and October of the previous year. They plan ahead to allow adequate time to program and test tax processing systems.

    Just before the official opening date, the IRS accepts a certain number of returns as part of a “controlled testing” to make sure the system is ready to go. That number of returns tested may be a few thousand or a few hundred thousand we do not know. But we know if you are one of the lucky early filers that it does not speed up the process of you getting an early Direct Deposit Date.  Your return will be processed early and the refund will be available within 21 days.

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