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capeGazeue . BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2S- MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 49 IRS announces delay of 2014 filing system due to federal shutdown The Internal Revenue Service year-round process with the well in advance so they can pre- 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 fding 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 Jan. 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, majority of the work beginning in, the fall of each year. About 90 percent of IRS op- erations were closed during .the shutdown, with some major workstreams closed entirely during this period, putting the IRS nearly three weeks behind its tight timetable for being ready to start the 2014filing season. There are additional training, programming and testing de- mands on IRS systems this year in order to provide additional refund fraud and identity theft detection and prevention. "Readying our systems to han- dle the tax season is an intricate, detailed process, and we must take the time to get it right," Werfel said. "The adjustment to the start of the filing season provides us the necessary time to program, test and validate our systems so that we can provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation's taxpayers. We want the public and tax profes- sionals to know about the delay pare for a later start of the filing season." The IRS will not process pa- per tax returns before the start date, which will be announced in December. There is no ad- vantage to filing on paper before the opening date, and taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by using e-file with direct deposit. The April 15 tax deadline is set by statute and will remain in place. However, the IRS reminds taxpayers that anyone can request an automatic six-month extension to file their tax return. The request is eas: ily done with Form 4868, which can be filed electronically or on paper. IRS processes, applications and databases must be updated annually to reflect tax law up- dates, business process changes, and-programming updates in time for the start of the filing season. The IRS continues resuming and assessing operations follow- Jobs for Delaware Graduat.00s honors former Gov. Pete du Pont Jobs for Delaware Graduates Graduates, which is now ana- celebrated its 35th anniversary Sept. 26 with a dinner in Wilm- ington. The evening highlighted the success JDG 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 Jobs 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 Jobs for America's tional program operating in 33 states. Du Pont was presented the HOPE Award by Gov. Jack Markell. The HOPE Award sym- bolizes Horizons, Opportunities, Partnerships and Entrepreneur- ship. These virtues are afforded every student involved in the JDG program. In attendance to honor du Pont were Sen. Tom Carper; Sen. Chris Coons; Rep. John Carney; Wilmington Mayor Dennis Wil- liams;- Secretary of Labor John McMahon; Secretary of Educa- tion Mark Murphy; Secretary of Technology and Information James Sills III; Rite Landgraf, secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services; Anas Ben Addi, director of Delaware GUTTER CLEANING SEAMLESS GUTTERS State Housing Authority; Alan Levin, director of Delaware Eco- nomic Development Office; and the Hon. Harold Stafford. ing the 16-day closure. 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"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 @ Remax Realty Group 317 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach JOURNALISM STUDENT? 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 for information & applications.