Because of the logjam in Congress, you will not be able to file your 2012 Internal Revenue Service tax returns until January 30.
Blame (or thank) the recently enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act. The IRS had originally intended to begin accepting returns on Jan. 22, but needed to extend the opening date in order to program and test its computers and distribute the necessary information to tax preparers and the tax-preparation software industry.
The delay concerns “critical processing system adjustments,” according to an IRS release today.
And still, some tax payers will need to extend submission of their returns beyond Jan. 30. Several forms “that require more extensive programming and testing” may not be submitted until “late February and into March.”
The submissions that will require more extensive programming include Form 5695 (Residential Energy Credits), Form 4562 (Depreciation and Amortization) and Form 3800 (General Business Credits). A full listing of the forms that will not be accepted until later is available at IRS.gov.
And yes, as you may have suspected, the deadline for filing has not been extended and will fall on April 15.