Blaming delays in information sharing, as well as a battle over who will pick up the tab for legal fees, the trial over former KPMG partners' sales of questionably legal tax shelters won't begin until Jan. 15.

Judge Lewis Kaplan of Manhattan Federal District Court had originally scheduled the trial's start date for Sept. 11. Sixteen former partners at the Big Four firm are accused of selling the improper shelters; a New York federal grand jury charged each of the defendants with at least 39 counts of tax evasion and a single count of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service in the fall of 2005.

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