Despite a number of last-minute tax law changes — highlighted by the Alternative Minimum Tax “patch” that will inevitably delay the processing of some returns — most observers expect a smooth filing season ahead.“The late passing of the Alternative Minimum Tax legislation had a tremendous impact on the start of tax season,” said Jo Ann Cummings, product manager of CCH’s ProSystem fx. “It caused the IRS to delay the filing of returns with certain forms until February 11.”

“We worked closely with the IRS to stay on top of developments, and we did a lot of pre-work to be ready as soon as possible after they made their decision. If anyone tries to export an affected return prior to the date the IRS can accept it, we’ll hold it until it qualifies,” she said. “The biggest impact will be on people who are used to getting their RAL refunds early in the year.”

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