Jackson Hewitt® Urges Taxpayers to Start Early, Despite IRS Delay

Filing Date Moving to January 30 Affects 18 Million Taxpayer; No Extension to April 15 Tax Deadline

Jan 09, 2013, 09:00 ET from Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Tuesday that it will delay accepting all 2012 tax returns by eight days, pushing the acceptance of both e-file and paper tax returns to January 30, over a week past the originally scheduled date of January 22.

Despite the new filing date, taxpayers can – and should –start having their tax returns prepared.   Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® now has thousands of locations open around the country to assist taxpayers in answering their questions and preparing their returns. Approximately 18 million taxpayers file in January.

"Although unfortunate and burdensome for millions of taxpayers," said Philip H. Sanford, president and chief executive officer, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc., "this IRS delay does not impact our readiness or our ability to work with our clients.  In fact, the delay, which is one of many complexities resulting from the recent fiscal cliff negotiations, points to how this year is even more challenging than years past. Now more than ever is the time to work with an experienced tax preparer to navigate the many changes and ensure every taxpayer makes the most of those changes."  

Jackson Hewitt® systems and software are all up to date; those who are ready to begin the filing process can stop by their local Jackson Hewitt, begin their return, determine the amount of refund owed to them and select how they prefer to receive their refund and have everything finalized for the IRS acceptance date. The IRS anticipates that nine out of ten refunds will be issued again this year in less than 21 days, and even with the delay for filing until January 30, the sooner taxpayers file their returns, the sooner they will get their refunds.  

Most taxpayers will be able to file their returns on January 30, including taxpayers who itemize deductions and claim the sales tax deduction.  Taxpayers who claim an energy credit, depreciation or business credits will be delayed until late February when these taxpayers would normally file their returns. 

To find a Jackson Hewitt office nearest you, visit www.JacksonHewitt.com.

About Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is an industry-leading provider of full service individual federal and state income tax preparation, with more than 6,800 franchised and company-owned locations throughout the United States, including 2,800 located in Walmart stores nationwide, and more than 400 Sears stores in the United States and Puerto Rico in the 2013 tax season. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® also offers an online tax preparation product at www.JacksonHewittOnline.com. For more information, or to locate your neighborhood Jackson Hewitt® office, visit www.JacksonHewitt.com or call 1-800-234-1040. Jackson Hewitt can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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