You have to admire one thing about acting IRS Director Steve Miller. As the head of IRS, he warned Congress that certain tax returns will not be processed until March of 2013. Why make this threat?
Because twice in the past when the AMT patch has expired, it has been reinstated retroactively. The IRS made the decision this year to maintain its tax filing systems “as-is” for the 2013 filing season. As a result, if the AMT patch and tax credit ordering rules are not enacted, the IRS warns of significant delays in the upcoming filing season. The programming changes it would have to make to its processing systems would mean it would have to notify 60 million taxpayers that they may not file a tax return or receive a refund until late in March 2013 and possibly later.
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