October 23, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service released a statement announcing that they will be delaying the start of the 2014 tax season by one or two weeks.
The government shutdown came during the time that the IRS prepares their systems for the tax filing season. Instead of individual tax returns being received and processed starting on January 21st, now they will now be accepting returns no earlier than January 28th and no later than February 4th.
This delay means tax filers will get their returns later and tax filing agencies will have less time to get papers in by the April 15th deadline.
"Now that's just going to shorten the field for our rush to a week or two. So we are going to get slammed," says Andrew Crawford, owner of Liberty Income Tax. "Then we will have to deal with the aftermath after that, but it's going to be a giant rush."
According to the IRS, about 90 percent of their operations were closed during the shutdown and that put them about three weeks behind. They are hoping that this delay in tax returns will give them time to make up their loss.
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