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Government shutdown delays tax filing season

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Amarillo, TX -

Early tax filers in the area might see a one to two week delay in getting their tax refunds.

The IRS said the 16-day government shutdown put it weeks behind schedule in preparing for the 2014 tax filing season. Instead of starting on January 21, the IRS will begin processing tax returns some time between January 28 and February 4. 

The IRS was supposed to spend the first three weeks of October training, programming and testing demands on the IRS systems. The shutdown delayed the testing, and now the IRS is playing catch-up. 

Local tax processor Jack Williams said some early filers might luck out if their return is processed during the IRS's testing period. "Even if they're not accepting returns until later, go ahead and get yourself in on time," said Williams. "Get it done, get in cue, and you may get lucky and get pulled out for testing. And you might beat all your friends by a couple of weeks."

Williams said the testing period is essential to the IRS's ability to fix problems before they create a giant back log. He said the one to two week delay could ultimately shorten the wait period for tax refunds in the long run. 

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10