May 22, 2018

IRS Delays Start of Tax-Filing Season

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IRS Delays Start of Tax-Filing Season

The IRS announced this week that it will delay the start of tax-filing season by up to two weeks because of the government shutdown. However, taxpayers will still be responsible for turning in their 2013 returns by April 15. 

The IRS says it will begin accepting tax returns between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. The agency plans to announce in December a final date for when the filing season will officially kick off. 

“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 IRS commissioner, said in a statement. “The adjustment to the start of the filing season provides us the necessary time to program, test and validate our systems so that we can provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation’s taxpayers. We want the public and tax professionals to know about the delay well in advance so they can prepare.”

This will be the second year that the IRS has delayed accepting tax returns due to legislative matters. Just after Jan. 1 this year, Congress approved a fiscal deal that adjusted tax rates and caused the IRS to push the start of tax-filing season from Jan. 22 to Jan. 30. Some taxpayers even had to wait until February or March to file. 

Source: “Citing Shutdown, I.R.S. Says Tax Season Will Start Late,” The New York Times (Oct. 22, 2013)

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