Tax season begins: IRS accepting 2016 returns

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ERIE, Pa. — It is a busy time of year for the Internal Revenue Service and accountants everywhere: It’s officially tax time.

The IRS will now start accepting electronically filed tax returns. You have until the middle of April to file but many do it early in the season, especially if they’re expecting a large refund.

If you plan to use online resources to file on your own, be sure to accurately provide all the information requested by the IRS, and watch out for scammers looking to steal your personal information.

If you feel you have a complicated return, seeking the help of an accountant may be a good idea.

“The tax law is very complicated and the more your situation changes the more likely you need to go see a professional for help,” said certified public accountant Dennis Weed.

If you make less than $56,000 a year, the United Way of Erie County is offering free tax preparation services through Erie Free Taxes.

The tax filing deadline this year is April 18 instead of the traditional April 15 deadline. This year the April 15 falls on a Saturday. 

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