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Tax season 2023 officially started: Here are key deadlines to keep in mind

Tax season has officially begun.

Monday marks the first day the Internal Revenue Service will accept and process tax returns. If you've already completed your return either using tax software or working with a tax professional, the IRS will now be able to review your return.

The IRS said more than 168 million individual tax returns are expected to be filed this year "with the vast majority of those coming before the April 18 tax deadline."

If your return contains no errors or red flags, your refund should be delivered within 21 days if you file electronically and opt to have the money directly deposited in your bank account, the IRS said. But it could take longer if the debt ceiling isn't raised soon.

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When is the filing deadline for 2023?

Taxes are due by April 18 since April 15 falls on a Saturday and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in Washington, D.C., is April 17.

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But if you live in parts of California, Alabama and Georgia affected by recent storms, you'll have until May 15 to file your federal individual and business taxes.

Deadline for filing income tax returns that have received extensions

If you request an extension, you'll have until October 16 to file your return. Importantly, that doesn't buy you more time to pay your taxes. You'll still have to pay any amount due to avoid penalties, but you'll have more time to complete your tax forms.

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1099 deadline

If you're a freelancer, independent contractor or earn income from other sources outside of a traditional job, you should receive a 1099 tax form by Feb. 15. The same applies to people who won at least $600 in prize money last year.

W-2 deadline

Your employer is required to send you a W-2 by Jan. 31.

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The IRS will now accept your 2022 tax returns.
The IRS will now accept your 2022 tax returns.

When does IRS Free File open?

IRS Free File opened on Jan. 13.

IRS Free File lets you file your federal taxes at no extra cost either through electronic fillable forms or through IRS partnerships with private tax-preparation services.

If you had an adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less in 2022, you are eligible for free guided tax preparation services. The IRS also offers free fillable forms anyone can use regardless of income level.

Be sure to regularly check this page for the latest information on IRS Free File.

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Quarterly tax due dates

If you earn income that isn't subject to withholding taxes, you're typically required to make estimated tax payments to the IRS. You can do this on a quarterly basis or through one annualized estimate. The annualized estimate is due on April 18.

The quarterly payments for 2023 are due by the following dates:

  • First payment: April 18.

  • Second payment: June 15.

  • Third payment: Sept. 15.

  • Fourth payment: Jan. 16, 2024.

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Elisabeth Buchwald is a personal finance and markets correspondent for USA TODAY. You can follow her on Twitter @BuchElisabeth and sign up for our Daily Money newsletter here

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tax season 2023: When are taxes due? When will I get my refund?