Opening of tax filing season delayed one week
By Linda Green

Timothy Heard, owner of Heard Tax Services, is ready for another tax season, but individuals will not be able to file taxes as early this year because of an IRS delay. Photo by Linda Green.

If you have already received a W-2 form for your income tax, you cannot file it until Jan. 31.
In December, the IRS announced a one-week delay in the filing of 2013 tax returns.
The delay, which the IRS attributes to the 16-day government shutdown in October 2013, allows the IRS time to program and test its processing systems, which contains updated tax laws, and refund fraud and identity theft detection and prevention software. The shutdown closed 90 percent of IRS operations at the time when the agency was beginning to update its programming.
According to the IRS, the government closure meant changing the original opening filing date from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31, 2014.

To read more on this story, see the Sun., Jan. 12, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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