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Originally published: 2014-01-02 09:20:23
Last modified: 2014-01-02 09:20:23

IRS filing delay may impact NC taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service announced in October that the start of the 2014 tax filing season will be delayed approximately one to two weeks due to the recent federal government shutdown. 

The 16-day government closure disrupted the agency's operations, including the annual programming and testing conducted on IRS processing systems. 

North Carolina taxpayers may encounter delays on their filing capabilities both at the federal and state level. 

The potential impacts include: 

Prior to the IRS start date, taxpayers may be able to purchase software or go online to file both their federal and state tax returns. 

However, until the IRS begins accepting individual income tax returns, the state return will not be sent to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. 

If state taxpayers file their returns electronically before the federal filing season begins, they will not receive an electronic acknowledgment from NCDOR until the IRS receives and officially begins processing tax returns. 

For quicker processing and remittal of applicable refunds, NCDOR recommends that taxpayers file electronically when the tax filing season officially opens. Direct deposit is the quickest way to receive an individual income tax refund. 

NCDOR will announce the official beginning of the state tax filing season on its website, http://www.dornc.com, in January.