SAN DIEGO — Today the Internal Revenue Service began accepting tax returns. It comes 10 days later than usual, it’s due to a ripple effect of last year’s government shutdown. For tax expert Dennis O’Connor, the delay hasn’t meant less traffic through his office, he is already busy.
There are three big changes people need to remember when filing their taxes.
For business owners, the 1099 deadline arrived with the end of January. Same Sex couples can now file joint tax returns and can go back up to three years to amend returns, which could mean more money. Lastly, people will need to show proof of insurance, all due to the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s going to be part of your tax return, states already started doing that, you’ll have to put down medical record number, information about insurance company and it must be entered on your returns,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor also advises people to file their returns as early as possible making it easier on everyone involved.