New tax law will delay processing of 2010 returns

The IRS has announced that it will take until mid to late February before its computers will be able to process certain income tax returns for 2010.

Individual income tax returns that (1) include Schedule A for itemized deductions, (2) claim a deduction for higher education expenses, (3) claim a deduction for educator expenses, or (4) claim a deduction for state and local sales taxes, will not be processed until the computers have been reprogrammed, which is estimated to be completed sometime in February.

This delay affects both paper and electronic filers. The IRS will announce a specific date when it will start processing tax returns impacted by the recent tax law changes. All other tax returns will be processed on the normal schedule as in past years.