Today, the IRS announced that it has started processing individual tax returns affected by legislation enacted in December. On Monday, IRS systems began to accept and process both e-file and paper tax returns claiming itemized deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A, as well as deductions for state and local sales tax, higher education tuition and fees and educator expenses.
Earlier, in 2010, the IRS announced it would delay processing of some tax returns in order to update processing systems to accommodate the late tax law changes. These tax law provisions were extended by the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, which became law on December 17, 2010.
Due to the expected increase in tax return volumes being transmitted this week, the IRS cautioned a small number of taxpayers may experience a brief delay in receiving their e-file acknowledgment, which is normally provided within 24-48 hours.
Business taxpayers who use the 1040 series can file now as well. However, the February 14 start date does not apply to non-1040 business tax forms affected by the recent tax law changes. The IRS will announce a specific date in the near future when it can begin processing those impacted business tax forms.