The start of the 2014 tax filing season will be postponed by a week or two next year, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said on Tuesday, likely delaying some tax refunds, as well.
Complications from the 16-day federal government shutdown are the cause, the IRS said, with the 2014 tax season now slated to start between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, rather than on Jan. 21.
Representative Sander Levin, the top Democrat on the tax-writing U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement: "This is yet another unfortunate effect of a shutdown that Republicans should have never caused."
The end of the filing season, when tax forms are due into the IRS, will remain April 15. The IRS made no change to the turnaround time for distributing tax refunds, which taxpayers receive within 21 days after tax forms are filed.