IRS says filers with form 8863 (education credits) can not file on January 30

The IRS announced on January 28th, that individual filers who use form 8863 for Education Credits (Hope Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit and other Education Credits) have to wait until at least ‘Mid February’ before filing. The IRS notice, along with a listing of other forms that can’t be filed until late February or early March can be found at this link.  Be sure to check it out to see when you can file your return.

Looks like tomorrow is going to be a big day for e-filing returns so expect some delays.  Also, the IRS announced earlier there would be delays in processing returns – see my previous blog post for details.

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5 thoughts

  1. Great article. That was helpful. Thanks for the info, you made it easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a
    irs form 8863, I found a blank fillable form here: I also saw some decent tutorials on how to fill it out.

    1. Glad you found the info – that was for the 2012 tax year (filing in 2013) but the IRS has had late openings (meaning you can’t file your taxes before a certain date) for most of the last few years, primarily due to Congress not approving bills in a timely manner. I’m expecting this to continue.

      Hopefully you’ll follow my blog to keep on top of stuff like this and if you’ve got any thoughts for an article, just let me know!


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