It's unfortunately that time of the year.

Tax season is here again.

The IRS will start processing tax returns on Jan 23, so get your sit together.

If you're super-eager, you don't even have to wait. The online tax preparation sites are up and running, so you can start inputting your tax information now.

That's especially the case if you only worked in the first half of the year and you have a final pay stub with your total wages. Or maybe you just took some IRA distributions in 2016. In those instances, you may have everything you need to prepare your return now, says Jackie Perlman, principal tax research analyst at H&R Block

And if you hit "send" earlier than January 23, that's totally fine too. Just know your return won't be processed until January 23.

Now most of us will have to wait until the end of the month for our W-2s and 1099s to show up in the mail. So please be on the lookout for them.

Because don't forget, identity thieves often will steal W-2s right out of your mailbox so then they can file your return and claim your refund. Don't let that happen.

So take this time to get yourself organized. Uncle Sam works on a first-in, first-out system. So if he owes you money, file your return as soon as you can and so you can get your refund back quickly. 

And please - don't even think about sending a paper return - it's so yesterday.

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