January 6, 2014


For Immediate Release

Contact: Gigi Thompson Jarvis

202.822.6232, x119                                           


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2014 Tax Filing Season to Open January 31, 2014

Ten Day Delay Results from Government Shutdown

Washington, DC, (January 6, 2014) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the 2014 tax return filing season will open on January 31, 2014. The original start date was January 21, 2014 but, due to the government shutdown last October, the start of the filing season has been delayed.

“The new start date allows the IRS time to test and program its tax processing systems,” explains Stephen DeFilippis, EA, an enrolled agent in Wheaton, IL. “The IRS has cautioned that it will not process any tax returns before January 31, so there’s really no advantage to filing paper returns before this date.”

The April 15 filing deadline will remain. As usual, taxpayers who are unable to file by the April 15 deadline can request an automatic extension of time to file by using Form 4868 (which can be filed on paper or electronically). Those looking for help preparing their taxes or filing an extension are encouraged to hire a licensed tax practitioner.


About Enrolled Agents

Enrolled agents (EAs) are America’s tax experts. They are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. While attorneys and certified public accountants are also licensed, only enrolled agents specialize exclusively in taxes. Enrolled agents are required to complete many hours of continuing education each year to ensure they are up-to-date on the constantly changing tax code and must abide by a code of ethics. To locate an enrolled agent in your area, go to the “Find an EA” directory at www.naea.org

Ten Day Delay Results from Government Shutdown

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