According to The Washington Post on Oct. 22, the IRS will delay next year’s tax-filing season as a result of the recent government shutdown. The planned delay could be for up to two weeks; however, the April 15 filing deadline will remain the same.
In a statement, the IRS said that the delay was necessary to “allow adequate time to program and test tax processing systems.” Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel said the agency’s processing preparations are “an intricate, detailed process, and we must take time to get it right.” He added that the delay will give the agency time to “program, test and validate our systems.”
Not everyone is buying that. “Considering the IRS has dealt with much larger changes on far shorter notice over the past years without delay, its reasons are suspect,” said Sarah Swinehart, a spokeswoman for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) However, Democrats in Congress are claiming that the GOP caused this problem as they believe that they alone were responsible for the shutdown.
The tax-filing season was set to begin Jan. 21. Now it will begin no earlier than Jan. 28 and no later than Feb. 4. The exact length of the delay will be announced at the start of the 2014 tax-filing period in December.
If you are depending on your tax refund to make ends meet, your check will be delayed. The best advice is to be ready to file immediately upon the first date and use the automatic deposit feature to receive your return. Receiving a check takes much longer, even under normal circumstances.
QUOTE SOURCE: washingtonpost.com