October 30, 2013
The 2014 tax filing season will be delayed one to two weeks in the wake of the government shutdown, as posted on the IRS home page www.irs.gov.
The government shutdown occurred during the peak season for getting systems caught up on programming, testing and deployment. The earliest the IRS will begin accepting and processing 2013 returns is January 28, 2014. The latest day to start is February 4, 2014. Be watching for any change in this date sometime during December, 2013.
Filing a paper return prior to this date will only delay the processing of your return further. IRS will NOT accept any “early” filed returns and they will most likely be retuned to the Taxpayer.
October 14, 2013
IRS is reminding same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, are now treated as married for tax purposes, regardless of where they live. This applies to any return, including 2012 returns, filed on or after September 16th, 2013. This means returns must be filed using either the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status.
October 14, 2013
For those taxpayers who requested a six-month extension of their taxes, and are still in the process of getting their 2012 individual income taxes prepared, the October 15th deadline still remains in effect to submit their individual tax return on a timely basis. The only additional time applies to military and others serving in a combat zone and those in parts of Colorado affected by the recent severe weather.
Payments submitted to IRS will be processed, however expect delays on refunds which will not be issued until normal government operations resume.