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Tax filing season will begin January 30

Following the January tax law changes made by Congress, the IRS will be opening its 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on January 30, 2013.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is complying with the Internal Revenue Service and will begin processing income tax returns on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The department will not process paper tax returns before the January 30 opening date.

"There is no advantage to filing a paper return before this date," said Terri Steenblock, Assistant Commissioner of Individual Income Taxes. "Taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by electronically filing and receiving their refund by direct deposit."

Taxpayers claiming residential energy credits or depreciation of property or general business credits will need to wait to file their returns in late February or into March due to more extensive IRS system changes. Typically, these taxpayers file closer to the April 15 deadline.

Visit the Department of Revenue's website for more information on electronic filing.

To find out more on the filing season kick-off date, visit the IRS website.