The Internal Revenue Service announced plans to open the 2013 filing season on January 31st. They encourage taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as a faster way to receive refunds. This opening date will allow the IRS sufficient time to program and test their tax processing systems. “The late January opening gives us enough time to get things right with our programming, testing and systems validation. It’s a complex process, and our bottom-line goal is to provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation’s taxpayers.” IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. The IRS had to adjust the original date from January 21st to January 31st due to the 16-day government closure this past fall.
The April 15th tax deadline is set by statute and will not be delayed as well. However, taxpayers can request an automatic six-month extension to file their tax return. This request can be completed easily with the use of Form 4868, which can be paper filed or electronically filed.
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Reference: IRS.gov News & Events