Budget cuts at the IRS delayed tax refunds

For the first time, taxpayers will have to report on their tax returns

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Budget cuts at the IRS could delay your tax refunds. About half the people who call the IRS this filing season will not be able to get through to a real live person.

Congress cut the Internal Revenue Service by $346 million dollars for the budget year that ends in September 2015.

The $10 billion dollar budget is now about $1 billion dollars less than the agency received in 2010

The cuts come as the IRS takes a larger role in implementing President Obama’s Health Care Law. For the first time, taxpayers will have to report on their tax returns whether they have health insurance.

Some republicans have vowed to cut IRS funding as a way to hurt the health care plan.

Brian Coope told 22News “I think that’s going to affect a lot of families negatively that depend on that money every year. And maybe there Christmas bills won’t get paid their credit cards.”

The IRS was able to issue refunds within 21 days, if returns were filed electronically. But now they’re not even providing an estimate on how long it could take to send your refund.

The upcoming filing season is just a few weeks away.

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