IRS May Delay the Start of the Tax-Filing Aeason by One to Two weeks


The IRS delayed the start of the tax-filing season for one to two weeks, citing the recent 16-day federal government shutdown. The IRS, which had been scheduled to open filing Jan. 21, 2014, will now begin accepting returns for tax year 2013 as early as Jan. 28. The agency will make a final decision on the date in December, according to a statement today. "Readying our systems to handle the tax season is an intricate, detailed process, and we must take the time to get it right," Danny Werfel, the acting IRS commissioner, said in the statement. This is the second year in a row that the IRS has postponed the filing season. Returns for 2012 were accepted starting on Jan. 30 after Congress delayed setting some tax policies.

How does this affect your tax filing for 2013? This means that like last year, I will not be able to file your return until at least January 28th, 2014. We can still prepare your return before January 28th, but we can not file it until at least January 28th. I will keep you updated on any changes with the filing date and any new tax law changes that you need to be aware of. 

RKL Financial's Standard rate is $90.00 for a 1040 with a New York State return, with both of the returns being e-filed (the rate does not change no matter how many W-2's, 1099's or other tax schedules (except Schedule C's and E's) that we have to fill out!). If you have a small business (Schedule C) or a rental property (Schedule E) the return is just $50.00 more for a total of $140.00.

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