Originally published January 29, 2013 at 11:30 a.m., updated January 29, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.
The 2013 tax season begins in earnest on Wednesday, as the IRS starts processing individual income tax returns.
The filing season was delayed this year because of last-minute legislation passed by Congress during the "fiscal cliff" showdown.
That legislation made changes to tax law that the IRS needed time to assess. But, it says it's now ready to provide up-to-the-minute advice and guidance to taxpayers.
Most taxpayers can begin filing Wednesday, but Raphael Tulino, an IRS spokesman, said those who plan to file for energy credits will have wait longer.
Tulino also highlighted changes in this year's tax laws. The Alternative Minimum Tax, or AMT, was made permanent in 2012, he said, as was the estate tax.
Deductions for tuition and fees and teachers were also brought back for 2012, he said.
For households bringing in $50,000 or less, Tulino recommended checking if eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit. He said about 20 percent of all eligible taxpayers don't claim it.
"It could really significantly boost your refund," he said.
Tulino said free tax help is available throughout the county.
Claire Trageser contributed to this report.