The IRS is delaying the start of the filing season due to the recent government shutdown. They had expected to start accepting returns on January 21, 2014. It may now be delayed as much as two weeks. The IRS will officially announce the starting date later.
The IRS is working diligently on anti-identity-theft controls. One of the steps being taken is to delay the issuance of refund checks to early filers. If you want your money sooner, you may want to file a new Form W-4 with your employer to claim more allowances, which will give you more money in your paycheck.
The shutdown also created an even bigger backlog of correspondence mail. If you sent one of the 40,000 letters to the IRS during the shutdown, do not expect a reply soon. You will probably just continue to receive more notices from the IRS.
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