IRS Delays Start of 2014 Tax Filing Season Following Government Shutdown

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The 2014 tax filing season will be delayed one to two weeks in the wake of the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service said.
The 16-day closure came during the peak season for getting systems ready to process nearly 150 million tax returns and the IRS is working hard to catch up on programming, testing and deployment, the agency said in an Oct. 22 news release (IR-2013-82).
The original start date of the filing season was Jan. 21, 2014. Now, the earliest the IRS will begin accepting and processing 2013 returns is Jan. 28, it said. The latest day to start would be Feb. 4.

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