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Accountants urge early tax filing while government remains open

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 23:06:30-05

Monday marked the beginning of the 2019 tax season and with another government shutdown possibly ahead, accountants are urging people to file their tax returns now.

Another shutdown could mean less manpower at the IRS headquarters, adding to a backup of filings.

Filing later could also open you up to tax fraud.

“Best to have it in as soon as possible. It eliminates somebody else filing on your behalf and getting your refund on your behalf,” said Misty Little, Burkart & Stevens Enrolled Agent.

January 31 was the deadline for businesses to file W-2 and 1099 forms.

April 15 is the deadline to file your taxes.