The IRS announced that it anticipates opening the 2015 filing season as scheduled in January. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns electronically on January 20. Paper returns will begin processing at the same time.

The decision follows Congress renewing a number of extender provisions of the tax law that expired at the end of 2013. These provisions were renewed by Congress through the end of 2014. The final legislation was signed into law on Dec.  19, 2014. (See "Passage of Tax Extenders Contains Key Breaks Tax Breaks.")

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