The IRS closed about 90% of their operations during the government shutdown, which is also peak season for the IRS to update, program and test their processing systems.
The beginning of tax filing season will be delayed approximately one to two weeks.
This year, the delay is due to the 16 day government shutdown.
Update: The IRS announced the first day to file taxes in 2014 will be on January 31. Another shutdown, obviously, will likely mean longer tax return delays for 2014. One new tax change that will apply for the 2013 tax year is the New 2013 Investment Tax.
Just like last year (and the year before) there will be delays to the start of the tax filing season again this year.
The delay will apply to 2013 tax returns filed in 2014.
While the new Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit has been in the news lately, it doesn’t begin until January 1, 2014, so it won’t show up on your tax return until the following year when you file in 2015. The tax filing season was delayed last year due to the delays in resolving the fiscal cliff, the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), and the Education Credits. At this point it is unclear if the refund timeline will be impacted beyond just the late start to the filing season.
Normally, filers can expect their refunds in 21 days: How Long Does it Take to Get Your Tax Refund?
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