SALT LAKE CITY β€” The Utah State Tax Commission strongly encourages taxpayers to file state income tax after Jan. 31, the commission said in a news release.

The date matches the federal IRS tax season, and taxpayers will receive better service by waiting to file after Jan. 31.

β€œTo speed up your tax refund, we encourage all filers to wait until Jan. 31 and file electronically rather than a paper return,” said Charlie Roberts, tax commission spokesman.

Roberts emphasized that the state will not process any tax returns before Jan. 31, so there is no advantage to filing on paper before that date.

He said taxpayers will receive their refunds much faster by filing electronically after that date and using the direct deposit option.