By MELINDA WILLIAMS
The Internal Revenue Service has completed making all updates required by Congress’ last minute changes to the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), so it is now ready to accept all 2012 income tax returns.
The IRS completed reprogramming and testing of its system over the weekend, thus clearing the way for all individuals and businesses to file their returns and tax credit and deduction forms.
The January changes by Congress prevented the IRS from being able to process all tax forms simultaneously this year. Instead the tax returns were accepted in phases.
With just six weeks to go before the April 15 filing deadline, the IRS reminds taxpayers the best way to file an accurate return is to e-file, choose direct deposit if expecting a refund and take advantage of the wide variety of tax-filing and tax-help resources available on IRS.gov.
People who need more time to finish their returns can easily get an automatic six-month tax-filing extension by going to the Free File link or filing Form 4868.