The Internal Revenue Service says because of the government shutdown there will be a two week delay for filing taxes, and that could have a negative impact on tax payers.
Gifford and Cox Accountant, Kyle Gifford, says last year was the biggest delay for filing taxes, but this year could be pushed back even more. According to the IRS, accepting and processing tax returns could start as late as Feb. 4, 2014.
"Delays in filing reduce how quick they can get refunds back. I think that would be the most significant issue to the tax payers," said Gifford.
Delays can also cause more headaches for accountants.
“The longer the delay is, the slower we can start filing returns. It shrinks the time period we have for returns so it intensifies our work load," said Gifford.
More work load means more room for error.
"Anytime you intensify the time commitment, you probably run the risk of error," said Gifford.
The April 15 tax deadline is set by statute and will remain in place. However, taxpayers can request a six month Extension.