General reminders and best practices:
- File electronically and use direct deposit for the quickest refunds.
- The earlier, the better. Filing early helps prevent identity fraud; others cannot file a fake return in your name if you have already filed.
- Economic stimulus payments are not taxed, and won’t reduce your tax refund amount.
- Remember that the IRS will never request payment over the phone, or ask for personal information through emails or text messages.
Note: The IRS will begin processing individual returns later this tax season beginning Friday, February 12, 2021.