The Internal Revenue Service said Friday that tax filings so far in 2014 have outpaced filings for the same time last year.

Tax season opened on Jan. 31 after a delay this year, thanks to the two-week government shutdown last October. But the IRS had also struggled to start tax season last year after Congress put off extending the Bush tax cuts until New Year’s Day, delaying tax season until Jan. 30 last year.

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