Due to the government shutdown this month, the IRS will delay the start of the tax-filing season by one to two weeks. The season for filing 2013 tax returns likely will start between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, the agency said.
The IRS notes that the shutdown disrupted its computer programming and testing. Sadly though, for all you procrastinators, the deadline to file tax returns will still be Apr. 15; however, the agency has stated that filers can obtain automatic six month extensions.
The shutdown came during a peak time for systems preparation, acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel said in a statement. About 90% of IRS operations were halted during the shutdown. That put the agency nearly three weeks behind its timetable for starting the 2014 season.
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