Following the 16-day shutdown of the federal government in the first half of October, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it would delay the start of the 2014 tax season by one to two weeks, citing the time lost during the closure for programming and testing tax processing systems. It said that it would accept returns no earlier than January 28, but no later than February 4, and that it would give the official date in December. The service also delayed the renewal season for Preparer Tax Identification Numbers, and said that it would contact PTIN holders by e-mail or letter when it was ready to begin processing renewals.
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