Koskinen: Extenders Won't Delay Filing Season, Cuts Could Slow Refunds

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Dec. 18 — Congress's down-to-the-wire passage of a one-year tax extenders bill isn't likely to postpone the start of the 2015 filing season—but budget cuts mean refunds might be delayed and taxpayers will still have a tough time getting agency help on the telephone, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.

“The extension was straightforward,” Koskinen said at a Dec. 18 news conference. “We don't think it will delay the filing season.” He said the IRS likely will be announcing relatively soon the date taxpayers can start filing returns.

The news conference was held to release new assistance for taxpayers in picking out return preparers for what Koskinen said will be a complex filing season, especially with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The assistance is outlined in a fact sheet (FS-2014-11) and a news release (IR-2014-116).