The IRS is opening the 2020 individual income tax return filing season on Feb. 12. (This is later than in the past because of a law that was recently enacted.) Even if you usually don’t file until closer to the April 15 deadline (or you file an extension), consider filing early. It can potentially protect you from tax identity theft. In these scams, a thief uses another person’s personal information to file a fraudulent return early in the filing season and claim a bogus refund. Another benefit of early filing is that if you’re getting a refund, you’ll get it faster. And if you were eligible for an Economic Impact Payment last year and didn’t receive it, you can claim it on your 2020 return.