2014 tax season opens Jan. 31

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Schofield Barracks Tax Center has announced its new 2014 location in Trailer #1, across the street from the Soldier Support Center, Building 750, here. The center is open Jan. 27-Feb. 7 for E1- E4 only. Then, Feb. 10, it’s open to all service members, dependents and retirees.  Clients will be seen by appointment only. Read the next “Hawaii Army Weekly” or visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/ for phone numbers, hours and more details.  (Photo by Sarah Pacheco, Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

The Schofield Barracks Tax Center has announced its new 2014 location in Trailer #1, across the street from the Soldier Support Center, Building 750, here.
The center is open Jan. 27-Feb. 7 for E1- E4 only. Then, Feb. 10, it’s open to all service members, dependents and retirees.
Clients will be seen by appointment only. Read the next “Hawaii Army Weekly” or visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/ for phone numbers, hours and more details.
(Photo by Sarah Pacheco, Hawaii Army Weekly)

Internal Revenue Service
Public Affairs
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced plans to open the 2014 filing season on Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to
receive refunds.
The new opening date for individuals to file their 2013 tax returns will allow the IRS adequate time to program and test its tax processing
systems.
The annual process for updating IRS systems saw significant delays in October 2013 following the 16-day federal government closure.
“Our teams have been working hard throughout the fall to prepare for the upcoming tax season,” said
Danny Werfel, IRS acting commissioner. “The late January opening gives us enough time to get things right with our programming, testing and systems validation. It’s a complex process, and our bottom-line goal is to provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation’s
taxpayers.”
The government closure meant the IRS had to change the original opening date from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31. The 2014 date is one day later than the 2013 filing season opening, which started on Jan. 30, 2013, following January tax law changes made by Congress on Jan. 1 under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). The extensive set of ATRA tax changes affected many 2012 tax returns, which led to the late January opening.
The IRS noted that several options are available to help taxpayers prepare for the 2014 tax season and get their refunds as easily as possible. New year-end tax planning information has been added to IRS.gov.
In addition, many software companies are expected to begin accepting tax returns in January and hold those returns until the IRS systems open on Jan. 31.
More details will be available this month.
The IRS cautioned that it will not process any tax returns before Jan. 31, so there is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date. Taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by using e-file or Free File with the direct deposit
option.
The April 15 tax deadline is set by statute and will remain in place. However, the IRS reminds taxpayers that anyone can request an automatic six-month extension to file the tax return. The request is easily done with Form 4868, which can be filed electronically or on paper.
IRS systems, applications and databases must be updated annually to reflect tax law updates, business process changes and programming updates in time for the start of the  filing season.

 

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