Déjá vu. Tax filing season is delayed again.
Citing the government shutdown in October, the IRS has announced that the 2013 tax filing season for individuals has been delayed until January 31, 2014. Businesses can begin filing their returns on January 13, 2014.
What does this mean? The IRS will not begin accepting returns until January 31, 2014, this includes paper returns so there is no advantage to mailing them in. Some tax preparation services will go ahead and prepare your returns, but they will not be able to submit them until January 31st. You may also be able to prepare your returns using some e-filing services and submit them, but they will sit in the services database until January 31st when they can be transmitted.
If your combined income is below $57,000.00 you can free e-file. Here is a link to get you started: http://www irs.gov/Filing/Filing-Options . If you are not comfortable preparing your own income tax return you can also visit one of the VITA locations and have a trained volunteer prepare and e-file it for you. You can also visit an independent tax preparer, who typically charge less than the large chain preparers. Just remember, there are many options available to assist you in filing your returns.