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Tax season starts next week. Here's what you need to know.

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The upcoming tax season is right around the corner and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is making a few changes that you should be aware of.

To start, the nation's individual income tax filing season opens on Jan. 23, but the due date is different this year. Because April 15 falls on a weekend, the deadline to file returns and pay any amount due has been pushed this year to April 18.

A new law may also delay refunds for some low to moderate income taxpayers filing early.

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This Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, photo shows a 1040 tax form, in New York. The Internal Revenue Service says to expect a few changes when the nation’s individual income tax filing season opens on Jan. 23. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The change is supposed to help the IRS better detect and prevent tax fraud.

The IRS says it expects over 153 million returns to be filed in 2017.

Separately, some individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN) will have to be renewed, including any ITIN that hasn't been used on a tax return at least once in the past three years. However, ITINs are for people who have to file taxes under U.S. law but don't qualify for a Social Security number.

Heads up, the Associated Press notes an ITIN renewal application can take up to 11 weeks to process during tax filing season.


(WJLA and AP contributed to this report.)

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