Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., the influential chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, has written a letter to the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service complaining that the IRS’s decision to delay tax season because of the government shutdown will be a financial burden to people who count on early tax refunds.

The IRS announced Tuesday that the 16-day government shutdown this month had delayed the testing of its tax-processing systems, and it was still dealing with a backlog of correspondence it received during the recently ended shutdown (see IRS: Shutdown to Delay Tax Season). In a letter Wednesday, addressed to IRS acting commissioner Danny Werfel, Camp said it appears the agency is putting a higher priority on implementing ObamaCare than tending to its core mission of processing nearly 150 million tax returns.

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