The Internal Revenue Service began accepting individual tax returns on Friday.
The IRS postponed the beginning of tax season this year until January 31 due to the two-week federal government shutdown, which delayed the testing and implementation of some of its computer systems. The IRS is also starting off this tax season with a new commissioner, John Koskinen. Newly approved by Congress, he has been brought in to fix some of the problems that emerged last year, including with the agency’s Exempt Organizations unit, as well as contend with budget cuts that have been reducing taxpayer service.
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