Illinois delays start of tax filing

January 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Latest Tax News

The Illinois Department of Revenue has announced that Illinois taxpayers won’t be able to file their 2013 income taxes until the end of January — a two-week delay.

The delay follows a similar federal postponement. Refunds and the April 15 filing deadline aren’t affected.

The Internal Revenue Service is delaying the start of the tax-filing season because of last year’s government shutdown that furloughed workers who were programming and testing tax-processing systems.

Now, state and federal returns can be filed starting Jan. 31.

Sue Hofer, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue, says the two-week delay isn’t expected to cause problems in Illinois because “very few people file in January anyway.” About 80 percent of Illinois returns were filed electronically in 2013.

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