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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 9:48 pm

If you’re a 1040 filer and are anticipating a return on your income taxes, you might have to wait.

The Internal Revenue Service has announced it will open the 2013 filing season and start processing returns on Jan. 30. The filing date usually opens at the beginning of January.

However, this year’s delay is due to the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act.

“We have worked hard to open tax season as soon as possible,” IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller said. “This date ensures we have the time we need to update and test our processing systems.”

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Jan. 30 after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems. Officials said this will reflect the bulk of the late tax law changes enacted Jan. 2.

The announcement will affect most taxpayers, estimated at 120 million households.

The IRS estimates the remaining households will be able to start filing in late February or into March because of a more extensive form and changes in the processing system. Officials said this group usually includes individuals claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits.

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