UPDATE JANUARY 22, 2014
The IRS has announced that the 2014 tax filing season for individuals will start on January 31, 2014. E-filing will open that day and it will also be the earliest day the IRS will start processing mailed in returns.
Here we again. The IRS has announced in IR-2013-82 that the 2014 tax filing season will be delayed by about one to two weeks. Hopefully the delays will not be as bad as they were for the 2013 filing season.
This is a result of the recent Government shut down which lasted 16 days. With 90% of the IRS shut down during that period, they are behind on their timetable for testing the systems for the next filing season.
The 2014 tax filing season, for filing 2013 tax returns, was due to start on January 21, 2014. It is now likely that it will start no earlier than January 28, 2014 and no later than February 4, 2014. The IRS will announce a firm start date in December 2013.
There will be no advantage in filing before the revised start date as e-filed returns will not be accepted before the start date and paper filed returns will not be processed by the IRS until that date. The filing deadline will remain as April 15, 2014 with the option to get an automatic extension to October 15, 2014.
I will be keeping clients informed as we get nearer to the tax season on the best way for them to proceed. As for previous delays if clients have all their information in early to mid January I will be able to start processing their returns, ready to file on the IRS start date.