IRS Pushes Back Tax Return Processing Start Date; Danny Werfel Comments

IRSbuildingThe Internal Revenue Service has delayed the start of 2014 tax filing season as the agency continues to restart and evaluate its processing systems after the government ended its shutdown.

Individual tax returns for 2013 will start to be processed sometime between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, the IRS said Tuesday.

Nearly 90 percent of the agency’s operations halted during the 16-day shutdown and some IRS workflows were completely closed, the IRS said.

“Readying our systems to handle the tax season is an intricate, detailed process, and we must take the time to get it right,” said Danny Werfel, acting IRS commissioner.

The IRS said it will announce the official start of the 2014 tax filing season in December.

During the period leading up to tax filing season, the IRS intends to update, test and deploy more than 50 systems used to process approximately 150 million tax returns and prevent fraud.

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