2014 Tax Season Delayed

  1. 2014 Tax Season Delayed

    The IRS has announced that the start of the 2014 tax season will be delayed by approximately one to two weeks to allow for adequate time needed to program and test tax processing systems following the 16-day government closure. Acting IRS Commissioner Werfel said the agency is exploring options to shorten the delay and will announce the final decision on the start of the 2014 filing season in December. The original tax season start date was set for 1/21/14, and the IRS now plans to start accepting and processing 2013 tax returns no earlier than 1/28/14 and no later than 2/4/14. The 4/15 tax deadline will not be affected by the delay. News Release IR-2013-82.

  2. Government Shutdown Ends

    The 16-day government shutdown that began 10/1/13 has ended and a debt default has been averted, at least temporarily. In the 11th hour, Congress approved a deal that will fund the government until 1/15/14 and raise the debt limit until 2/7/14. Included in the agreement are income verification procedures for determining eligibility of the health insurance premium tax credit and cost-sharing arrangements under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Also, a House-Senate bipartisan committee was also created to come up with long-term deficit reduction plans to be reported back to Congress by 12/13/13.

  3. October 15th Deadline Remains in Effect

    The 10/15 deadline remains in effect for people who requested a six-month extension to file their tax return. Though 10/15 is the last day for most people to file, some groups have more time, including military personal and others serving in combat zones who have until at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due. People with extensions in parts of Colorado affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides also have until 12/2/13 to file and pay. Taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system to reduce the chance of errors. Tax refunds will not be issued until normal government operations resume. Details on all filing and payment options are on www.irs.gov . IRS News Release IR-2013-80

  4. IRS Operations during the Government Shut-down

    During the government shut-down IRS operations will be limited. However, individuals and businesses should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits with the IRS, as required by law. The IRS will accept and process all tax returns with payments, but will be unable to issue refunds during this time. Taxpayers are urged to file electronically, because most of these returns will be processed automatically. No live telephone customer service assistance will be available, although most automated toll-free telephone applications will remain operational. IRS walk-in taxpayer assistance centers will be closed. People with appointments related to examinations (audits), collection, Appeals, or Taxpayer Advocate cases should assume their meetings are cancelled. IRS personnel will reschedule those meetings at a later date. Automated IRS notices will continue to be mailed. The IRS will not be working any paper correspondence during this period. The IRS website, www.irs.gov , will be operational, although some interactive features may not be available.

  5. October 15 Deadline Approaches:

    Many of the more than 12 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. [ Editor’s Note:Some taxpayers will have more time, including members of the military and others serving in Afghanistan or other combat zones, and taxpayers affected by the storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in parts of Colorado.] Same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, are now treated as married, regardless of where they live. This applies to any return, including 2012 returns, filed on or after 9/16/13. Affected couples generally must file their returns using the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status. FAQS for same-sex couples are available at www.irs.gov/uac/Answers-to-Frequently-Asked-Questions-for-Same-Sex-Married-Couples . News Release IR-2013-77 .