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cape ' Gazette . BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25- MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 49 The Internal Revenue Service has announced a delay of ap- proximately one to two weeks to the start of the 2014 filing season to allow adequate time to program and test tax-processing systems following the 16-day fed- eral government closure. The IRS is exploring options. to shorten the expected delay and will announce a final deci- sion on the start of the 2014 f'fling season in December, Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said. The original start date of the 2014 filing season was ]an. 21, and with a one- to two-week de- lay, the IRS would start accepting and processing 2013 individual tax retums no earlier than ]an. 28 and no later than Feb. 4. The government closure came during the peak period for pre- paring IRS systems for the 2014 filing season. Programming, test- ing and deployment of more than 50 IRS systems is needed to handle processing of nearly 150 million tax returns. Updating these core systems is a complex, year-round process with thewell in advance so they can pre- majority of the work beginning pare for a later start of the filing in, the fall of each year. season." About 90 percent of IRS op- The IRS will not process pa- erations were closed during.the per tax returns before the start shutdown, with some major date, which will be announced workstreams closed entirely in December. There is no ad- during this period, putting the vantage to filing on paper before IRS nearly three weeks behind the opening date, and taxpayers its tight timetable for being ready will receive their tax refunds to start the 2014 filing season, much faster by using e-file with There are additional training, direct deposit. The April 15 tax programming and testing de- deadline is set by statute and mands on IRS systems this year will remain in place. However, in order to provide additional the IRS reminds taxpayers that refund fraud and identity theft anyone can request an automatic detection and prevention, six-month extension to file their "Readying our systems to han- tax return. The request is eas: dle the tax season is an intricate, ily done with Form 4868, which detailed process, and we must can be filed electronically or on take the time to get it right," paper. Werfel said. "The adjustment IRS processes, applications to the start of the filing season and databases must be updated provides us the necessary time annually to reflect tax law up- to program, test and validate our dates, business process changes, systems so that we can provide a and- programming updates in smooth filing and refund process time for the start of the filing for the nation's taxpayers. We season. want the public and tax profes- The IRS continues resuming sionals to know about the delay and assessing operations follow- ing the 16-day closure. The IRS is seeing heavy demand on its toll-free telephone lines, walk- in sites and other services from taxpayers and tax practitioners. During the closure, the IRS received 400,000 pieces of c6r- respondence, on top of the 1 million items already being pro- cessed before the shutdown. The IRS encourages taxpayers to wait to call or visit if their is- sue is not urgent, and to continue to use automated applications on IRS.gov whenever possible. "In the days ahead, we will continue assessing the impact of the shutdown on IRS operations, and we will do everything we can to work through the backlog and pent-up demand," Werfel said. "We greatly appreciate the patience of taxpayers and the tax professional community during this period." GAlL COX 302-448-0492 Cell GREG COX 302-448-0810 Cell Greg @ GailnGreg.com Remax Realty Group 317 Rehoboth Ave Rehoboth Beach, DE o Office: 302-227-480 Jobs for Delaware Graduates honors former duPont lobs for Delaware Graduates celebrated its 35th anniversary Sept. 26 with a dinner in Wilm- ington. The evening highlighted the success IDG has experienced throughout the First State keep- ing students in high school and preparing them for future training and the workplace. ]DG programs are in every high school in Delaware and select middle schools. The high school graduation rate of students in the program is 93 percent. The focus of the event was to honor former Gov. Pete du Pont, who founded lobs for Delaware Graduates as a solution to the unemployment problem Dela- ware was facing 35 years ago. The success of the program led to the creation of lobs for America's Graduates, which is now a na- tional program operating in 33 states. Du Pont was presented the HOPE Award by Gov. lack Markell. The HOPE Award sym- bolizes Horizons, Opportunities, Partnerships and Entrepreneur- ship. These virtues are afforded every student involved in the IDG program. In attendance to honor du Pont were Sen. Tom Carper; Sen. Chris Coons; Rep. lohn Carney; Wilmington Mayor Dennis Wil- liams;- Secretary of Labor lohn McMahon; Secretary of Educa- tion Mark Murphy; Secretary of Technology and Information lames Sills III; Rita Landgraf, secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services; Anas Ben Addi, director of Delaware State Housing Authority; Alan Levin, director of Delaware Eco- nomic Development Office; and the Hon. Harold Stafford. The Reese Cleghorn Internship program offers paid internships at MDDC newspapers in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. ' APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Visit w~N.MOOCPress.com for information & applications. 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