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Published February 06, 2013, 05:39 PM

Fiscal Cliff to Blame for Tax Return Delays

Tax season is ramping up, but thanks to last month's fiscal cliff deal in Washington not everyone can file with the IRS yet. The deal changed the tax code, and the IRS couldn't make the changes in time for everyone to file right away.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Tax season is ramping up, but thanks to last month's fiscal cliff deal in Washington not everyone can file with the IRS yet. The deal changed the tax code, and the IRS couldn't make the changes in time for everyone to file right away.

Local tax preparers are still hoping people bring in their returns early, even if they can't file them with the IRS for another month. A lot of them can't file their taxes yet. Thomas Culmer, CPA, "Many of the forms in the tax code have to be updated and changed. That means things like farming implement deductions can't be filed yet...They don't know when they're going to be ready. They keep saying the end of February, the first part of March."

But tax preparers say they still have a good idea of what the law is even without the forms. They hope people still bring in their taxes early. They fear a log jam if everyone waits until April. The IRS says it will take about a week longer than years past and that most refunds will arrive within three weeks.

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