The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) opened the 2019 tax-filing season Jan. 28 as the agency started accepting and processing federal tax returns for tax year 2018. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2018 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the April tax deadline. Through mid-day Jan. 28, the IRS had already received several million tax returns during the busy opening hours. The IRS expects the first refunds to go out in the first week of February and many refunds to be paid by mid- to late February like previous years. Read more at the IRS website.