IRS Tax Return Filing Dates for 2013, 2014 Tax Refund

The IRS is strongly urging taxpayers to implement online tax filing with direct deposit vs paper tax returns as it would be a faster process in the wake of delays.  So far, the April 15th deadline will remain in place and anyone may ask for an automatic six-month extension for filing taxes.  Using Form 4868 requesting an extension is simple and can be implement electronically or by paper.

The IRS will continue updating applications and databases to reflect tax law updates for business process changes, programming updates before we head into this questionable tax season.
The IRS received over 400,000 pieces of correspondence along with over one million items already being processed before the shutdown took place. What does that say about "since" the shutdown? 

They are strongly suggesting that if a taxpayer's situation is not critical, to please hold back on calling or visiting them and use automated applications on when possible.
The IRS will continue to assess the total impact the government shutdown had on their operations and do everything within their power to get through the backlogs and added demands.  

This is a difficult time for both taxpayers and tax preparers alike.  The IRS is doing everything conceivable to provide the smoothest transactions possible for the upcoming tax filing dates. As taxpayers, what can we expect when April 15th rolls around?  What impact the government shutdown will have on all of us, down the road, only time will tell.

How to Get as Close to the Front of the Line as Possible

Beat the Crowds: If you are counting on your tax refund to pay off your holiday bills, you may have to wait a little longer this year. That’s because the date that the IRS will accept e-filed returns may be a little later this year, due to the government shutdown.

If you can be ready when e-filing is officially opened up then you can just push a button and get as close to the front of the line as possible.

“There will be a lot of people filing at one time,” warns Greene-Lewis, “and the IRS processes tax returns on a first in, first out basis.”

(TurboTax is accepting tax returns as early as Jan. 2 and storing them securely so they can be transmitted to the IRS as soon as the agency is ready to accept e-filed returns.)