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8:23 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Illinois Delays Start Of Tax Filing

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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 (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1aromFW ) 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.  

Sue Hofer is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue.  
She says the two-week delay isn't expected to cause problems in Illinois because ``very few people file in January anyway.''  

Employers have until Jan. 31 to give employees W-2 forms.