State to Accept Tax Returns Jan. 31

State to Accept Tax Returns Jan. 31


Illinois revenue officials say residents won’t be able to file their 2013 income taxes until the end of January — a two-week delay. The delay follows a similar federal postponement. Refunds and the April 15 filing deadline aren’t affected.

The Internal Revenue Service is delaying the start of the tax-filing season because of last year’s government shutdown that furloughed workers who were programming and testing tax-processing systems. Now, state and federal returns can be filed starting Jan. 31.

Illinois Department of Revenue spokeswoman Sue Hofer says the two-week delay isn’t expected to cause problems in Illinois because “very few people file in January anyway.”

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