AUSTIN -- It is officially tax season.
Friday is the first day to file your federal income tax return for 2013. The season is later than usual since the government shut down pushed the opening day back by 10 days.
As of Friday the IRS will begin processing e-filed and paper returns. Those expecting refunds are encouraged to file online with direct deposit to ensure a faster refund.
On average refunds are issued within 10 days of acceptance. Austin has a series of offices available to help people with tax returns. Foundation Communities offers its services for free to people and families who make less than $50,000 annually. The requirement grows by $5,000 for each additional family member over four.
There are a number of free options for others who don't meet those standards but still want to file virtually. Many taxpayers will qualify for the IRS FreeFile system. The deadline to file tax returns is April 15.
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