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IRS Delays Start of Tax-Filing Season

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By Carl Scharf

More fallout from the government’s partial shutdown: Early tax filers will have to wait an extra week or two to get tax refunds next year. However, taxpayers will still have to file their 2013 returns by April 15, 2014.

The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that next year’s tax-filing season will be delayed up to two weeks to give programmers time to finish updating the agency’s computers. The 2014 filing season will now be slated to start between January 28 and February 4, rather than January 21. The end of filing season will remain April 15.

According to the IRS, the government shutdown came during a critical period for preparing computer filing systems for 2014. “Readying our systems to handle the tax season is an intricate, detailed process, and we must take the time to get it right,” Daniel I. Werfel, the acting I.R.S. Commissioner, said in a statement.

The IRS said it will announce in December a final decision on the exact date for the start of the 2014 filing season.

The delay marks the second year in a row that the IRS has been forced to start filing season late. In January of this year, the 2013 tax season was delayed by the January 2 tax law enactment made to resolve the “fiscal cliff.” 

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