Start Of Tax Filing Season Delayed By Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (December 18, 2013) Taxpayers who are eager to get their refunds will have to wait an extra 10 days to file their federal tax returns next month, the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday.

The IRS said the partial government shutdown in October forced it to delay the start of tax filing season until Jan. 31.

It was to have started on Jan. 21.

The IRS says the 16-day shutdown interrupted workers who were programming and testing the agency's processing systems.

After the shutdown, the IRS warned that tax season could be delayed.

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said the extra 10 days should give workers time to prepare the system.

Many taxpayers file early to get quick refunds.

The April 15 deadline for filing individual tax returns, which is set by law, remains unchanged, however.

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