The Internal Revenue Service announced today that there will be a one to two week delayed start to the 2014 filing season to allow adequate time to program and test tax systems following the 16-day federal government closure.

The IRS will start accepting and processing 2013 individual tax returns no earlier than Jan. 28 and no later than Feb. 4. The government closure came during the peak period for preparing IRS systems for the 2014 filing season. Their systems need to handle processing of nearly 150 million tax returns. Updating their systems is a complex, year-round process with the majority of the work done in the fall of each year.

The IRS received 400,000 pieces of correspondence during the closure, on top of the 1 million items already being processed before the shutdown.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to wait to call if their issue is not urgent, and to continue to use automated applications on whenever possible.

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