The Internal Revenue Service announced Friday that the nation's 2020 tax filing season will begin in February, a few weeks later than last year's January open.  However, its Free File program is now open

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The federal agency, which wants to make sure there are no issues for taxpayers, will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns on Feb. 12.

The extra weeks will give the IRS more time "to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems after tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits", the agency said, noting that this is "critical to ensuring IRS systems run smoothly." Read more at FOX Business