POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 9:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 9:54pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The government shutdown may be over but the 16-day debacle has forced the IRS to delay tax filing season, which means longer wait times for refunds.
The delay affects early tax filers, who will have to wait an extra week or two to file their taxes and up to an extra couple weeks to get their refunds.
The start of the 2014 tax season was originally scheduled to start on January 21st but the IRS will begin accepting returns anywhere between January 28th to February 4th.
You can mail in your paperwork to the IRS but they won't look at it until the season starts.
E-filing won't be available until then either.
The deadline to get taxes turned in is still April 15th - the IRS is not extending the tax year even though they're starting late.
"You still have to get it done in a timely manner, and you do face the possibility of having penalties for late filing or not filing on time, so we always want to avoid penalties," said Rosalie Audrisch, a tax preparer at Rose's Tax and Business Service.
Informational classes for tax preparers for next year's tax year have also been delayed.
Rose's Tax and Business Service in northeast El Paso said there's also nobody taking calls at IRS offices to answer any of their tax questions.
The IRS says they are working on shortening the delay and will announce the exact starting date for tax filing season in December.