IRS Says Tax Season Will Be Delayed Due to Shutdown

Early filers will have to wait an extra week or two to get refunds

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The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday it will delay the start of next year’s tax filing season by at least a week to allow programmers time to update the agency’s computers.

The delay, which the IRS said was caused by the 16-day government shutdown, will affect early filers, many of whom do their taxes in a hurry in order to quickly get refunds. Filing season had been set to start Jan 21, but will now begin either Jan. 28 or later. The IRS said the agency hopes to shorten the delay and will announce the new start date in December. The April 15 tax deadline remains unchanged.