Due to the federal government shutdown in October, the IRS announced this week that it is delaying the start of the 2013 tax filing season until Jan. 31.
The delay is to accommodate lost time when federal employees were furloughed for 16 days in October, closing about 90 percent of IRS operations.
“Our teams have been working hard throughout the fall to prepare for the upcoming tax season,” IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel said in a statement. He said the late January opening gives the IRS “enough time to get things right” with updating, programming and testing its complex tax-filing systems.
A similar delay occurred this last January, when the IRS had to delay the start of the 2012 filing season after Congress made last-minute tax-law changes to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” scenario.
The April 15, 2014, tax-filing deadline stays the same, but returns cannot be processed until Jan. 31. To get a tax refund faster this year, the IRS urges taxpayers to e-file their 2013 tax returns and request direct deposit. For more details and tips on 2013 year-end tax planning, go to: www.irs.gov.