IRS: Shutdown Will Delay Tax Filing Season

Source: John Waggoner / USA Today

Tax filing season will start one to two weeks late because of the 16-day government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday.

The IRS says it needs the extra time to program and test tax processing systems. “The government closure came during the peak period for preparing IRS systems for the 2014 filing season,” the IRS said in a release. “Programming, testing and deployment of more than 50 IRS systems is needed to handle processing of nearly 150 million tax returns.”

About 90% of the IRS was shut down during the government shutdown, putting the IRS about three weeks behind in preparations, the IRS says. “Readying our systems to handle the tax season is an intricate, detailed process, and we must take the time to get it right,” acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said.

During the closure, the IRS says it received 400,000 pieces of correspondence, on top of the 1 million items already being processed before the shutdown.

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