The income tax filing season begins on February 1st - at least it has for me each year for 49 years. The 2021 tax filing season begins on February 1st.
Bloggers and journalists are falsely indicating that the tax filing season begins on February 12th.
February 12th is the date that the IRS will begin accepting and processing paper and electronic tax returns. Period. This is later than usual due mostly to late enacted tax legislation.
Taxpayers should not put off contacting their tax professionals with 2020 tax information if they have truly received everything needed to properly prepare the return.
Time is a precious commodity for tax pros from February 1 through April 15. Do not make their job more difficult by waiting until February 12 if you are not missing for any forms or information.