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Wicomico County Tax Payers Frustrated With IRS Processing Delay

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SALISBURY, Md.- If you are in a hurry to get your tax refund, the Internal Revenue Service announced that taxpayers will have to wait.

As a result of the 16-day federal government shutdown back in October, the IRS says it will delay the start of tax return processing.

That process isn't expected to happen until sometime between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.

That means it puts off filing for taxpayers like Alexandra Francois of Salisbury who are expecting refunds.

"When they need their money they take it," Fancois said, "so when I need my money I would like to have it back on time."

Suzanne Kyger, who is a tax preparer with H & R Block in Salisbury, explained how the shut down impacted the IRS, forcing it to delay the process.

"They didn't have time to prepare their systems and get their forms up to date and what not and it's taking the extra time for them to get ready," Kyger said.

Francois said the news is especially frustrating because it's money she was relying on for several expenses. 

"To get a gallon of milk it costs you, to get bread it costs you, you have children who are growing taller than a tree so you have to feed them," she said.

It's about the same scenario with Angela Deshields who is a single working mother in Salisbury while going to school.

"That money really does mean a lot for my family as far as getting my bills paid, finishing school, my children need new things constantly," Deshields said, "they are constantly growing."

Kyger advises taxpayers to not let the delay be a deterrent in getting their tax returns prepared.

"It's not going to stop us from preparing and being ready to file, the IRS just won't except it until later," Kyger said.

WBOC reached out to the comptroller of Maryland. In a statement, Peter Franchot said:

"My office is working aggressively to process returns and distribute refunds as quickly as external circumstances will allow. The swift processing of returns and distribution of refunds is my absolute top priority as comptroller."
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