Tax season to open on time for most

NORWICH According to the Internal Revenue Service, the 2008 tax season will begin on time for most taxpayers, despite last minute stop gap measures taken by Congress.

Two weeks ago, Congress took action on the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), a system that was originally instituted to prevent wealthy individuals from using deductions and loop holes to avoid paying taxes. The AMT system has been used for years, however because it was not adjusted to account for inflation and other monetary changes, this year 20 million taxpayers, including many middle class families, would have had to pay the AMT. Actions taken by Congress reduced that number to only 4 million, the same number who were subject the AMT last year.

IRS software updates were originally projected to take approximately seven weeks, however, in a statement released last week, the IRS said that for many taxpayers, returns will start to be reviewed in mid-January.

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