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Federal Tax Filing to Start Jan. 31, Delayed by Shutdown

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 02:07 PM

The Internal Revenue Service said Americans can begin filing their 2013 individual tax returns on Jan. 31, slightly later than normal due to October's federal government shutdown.

Tax filing had been scheduled to start on Jan. 21, but complications from the 16-day shutdown caused a delay, the IRS said in a statement.

"The late January opening gives us enough time to get things right with our programming, testing and systems validation," acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said in a statement.

The due date for submitting tax forms is April 15.

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