IRS delays tax season until January 31st


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: David Dycus

PADUCAH, Ky—The IRS is delaying the tax season until January 31st.  The delay affects not only tax professionals, but tax payers too.

Owner of Potsy's Place Chris Potter said a tax refund is a chunk of change that keeps his employees happy.

"I don't have to pay taxes weekly, we pay ours quarterly, then at the end of the year we have to pay in, but the employees pay their taxes weekly and they get a pretty big return," said Potter.

A refund that's now coming two weeks late.

"My employees have families on their own, they rely on that to catch them up to support their families though the hard month. especially this year, as cold as it has been all their energy bills are through the roof," said Potter.

CPA Dean Owen said the government shutdown is to blame for the delay.

"It does make it hard on the tax professionals because we have to get more work done in a less amount of time...There is a large amount of people in the community who need that January refund to pay their bills, rent, car payments, get caught up after Christmas spending," said Owen.

The January 31st delay puts a burden on Potter and his employees

"The people that are losing out are the people that are paying in that are not going to get their tax refunds on time, so yeah it's disheartening," said Potter.

This is not the first time tax season's opening day has been pushed back. Last year, the start day was delayed because of the fiscal cliff.  Again, the IRS has delayed the start of tax season this year until January 31st.