Shutdown Fallout: Delayed Tax Refunds
IRS to start processing returns later
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2013 4:39 AM CDT
Around 90% of IRS employees were out during the shutdown.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – Internal Revenue Service workers are back from furlough with news that might annoy on-the-ball taxpayers: The agency says the government shutdown will delay the date when it begins processing tax returns by as much as two weeks, meaning refunds won't arrive as promptly as usual for millions of early filers, USA Today reports. Rather than getting going on Jan. 21, the IRS will begin between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. The April 15 cutoff date, however, hasn't changed.

The IRS says the delay is because the "government closure came during the peak period for preparing IRS systems for the 2014 filing season," and it is behind on programming and testing some 50 such systems. Further, its backlog of correspondence grew by 400,000 items during the shutdown. The IRS has more changes than usual to deal with for the upcoming tax season, including gay couples filing federal returns as married couples for the first time.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Oct 30, 2013 12:02 AM CDT
They also have to program in the extra schedule you must file for Obamacare. Your provider will give you a government issued provider number that must be entered in the schedule. If you fail to enter that number, IRS then deducts the variable penalty from your return or adds it to your amount owed.
Daniel from TN
Oct 24, 2013 5:14 PM CDT
My personal opinion is: The delay for the IRS was already going to occur so Liberals orchestrated the shutdown as a diversion to create a reason for the delay.
Oct 23, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
Yeah but during the shut down they still collected money owed. If you owe uncle sam they want it yesturday. But if uncle sam owes you its delay after delay.