Maryland tax season will start late in 2014 due to shutdown

(WJLA) - Maryland's top financial official says that the October government shutdown will cause a delay to the beginning of next year's tax filing season.

Tax season started on Jan. 21 last year in Maryland, but because of the 16-day federal work stoppage, tax returns will not start being processed until at least Jan. 28 in 2014, state Comptroller Peter Franchot said.

"While I share the understandable frustration most Marylanders will feel about these delays, my Office is working aggressively to process returns and distribute refunds as quickly as external circumstances will allow," Franchot said in a statement.

Franchot said that it's the state's priority to accept filings and remit refunds as rapidly as possible.