The IRS has announced that the 2019 tax filing season will begin on January 28, 2019. Tax preparation companies will be participating in the controlled launch of the e-file system (HUB Testing) with the IRS between the dates of Monday, January 14 – Thursday, January 17 and Tuesday, January 22 – Friday, January 25. During this time, tax preparation companies will be sending batches of tax returns to the IRS for processing.

Test Batch Dates
Batch 1 Monday, January 14 - Thursday, January 17, 2019
Batch 2 Tuesday, January 22 - Friday, January 25, 2019

Some taxpayers may begin to receive IRS acknowledgments as early as Tuesday, January 15.


Due to tax law changes put in place by the PATH Act in 2017, the IRS cannot issue refunds for taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) or the refundable portion of the American Opportunity Credit (AOC) until February 15, 2019. We recommend using the Where’s my Refund tool on to get information about when you may receive your refund.

Please be advised that any return you transmit will be sent to the IRS for processing. Due to MeF (Modernized e-File), once you transmit a return, the return CANNOT be deleted from the server.

  • State Tax Departments will begin processing state-only return transmissions on January 30, 2019.
  • Business e-File opened on January 8, 2019.

Click here to find out more about IRS Test Batch & HUB Testing!

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