I'm expecting a refund after I file my 2013 income tax return.
Will the tax-filing deadlines be affected by the government
shutdown in October? --S.M., Brooklyn
The shutdown could affect when you file your return. The IRS
plans to delay the start of tax-filing season, pushing back the
date it starts accepting returns from January 21 until sometime
between January 28 and February 4 (the specific date has not yet
The IRS is using the extra time to update and test the computer
systems that process tax returns, a task it would have already
accomplished had IRS workers not been furloughed during the 16-day
shutdown. Because of the delay, you may not get your tax refund as
quickly as you had hoped. You can speed up the process by using
e-file with direct deposit.
Getting a refund means the IRS withheld too much money from your
paychecks during the year. Rather than wait for a refund next year,
arrange to keep more in each paycheck by adjusting your tax
withholding. The more allowances you claim, the less tax will be
withheld. For help figuring out how many allowances to claim, see
IRS Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding?,
, or use our
To adjust your withholding, fill out a new W-4 form (available
at www.irs.gov) and submit it to your employer. The change should
be reflected in your next paycheck.