The blame is laid at the foot of the recent fiscal cliff deal, CNN is reporting. The uncertainty about the fiscal cliff caused a delay in the printing of the 2012 federal tax forms; the IRS couldn’t move forward until the agency knew what the tax rates would be coming out of the negotiations between Congress and the administration.
“The IRS is currently reviewing the details of this week’s tax legislation and assessing what impact it will have on this year’s filing season,” the agency said in a release.
With the deal completed, the IRS is now reprogramming its systems with the new information. As soon as that’s completed, the agency will begin accepting submitted tax forms. After that, taxpayers can expect to receive their refund 30 to 60 days later.