Note to early income tax filers: Keep an eye on your mailbox and your email. Everything you need to submit your return should be on its way.
Filing season for 2016 kicks off on Jan. 23 and runs until April 18 (that's right, you get three extra days to file this year). In all, Uncle Sam expects to receive more than 153 million tax returns this year.
The reason the deadline to file 2016 returns and pay any tax due is April 18 is because the traditional April 15 deadline falls on Saturday this year and the Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C., is observed on April 17.
Bear in mind that while you can submit your return early, the IRS will delay refunds for those who claim the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit until Feb. 15. Those taxpayers may not have access to their cash until Feb. 27 because a new law requires the IRS to hold on to the entire refund for those filers in order to deter fraud.