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Fiscal cliff will delay tax filings, refunds

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Josh Seymour says he usually files his taxes as early as possible.

He says his anticipated refund money can go a long way.

"I can put it to a new car, or any kind of expenses," he says. "Possibly buy something for the daughters, or something like that."

But this year, Josh will have to wait for that refund check, something he says he's not happy about.

"A lot of people, myself included, like to take vacations with that tax money," he says. "If they push it back, that's really going to screw that up."

Josh will have to wait because Congress just passed the fiscal cliff deal, which left the IRS not knowing what to change in their own systems.

"While they waited to see what came down the pipeline, they couldn't configure anything," says Liberty Tax Services Owner Cuylor Leverett. "Now they're scrambling to get the eFiling system up and ready to run."

Now, the IRS has pushed back the earliest filing date to January 22, the latest it's been since eFiling began.

And the later you have to wait to file, the later you have to wait to receive your refund.

Typically, it takes 10 to 15 days to get the refund check.

However, the IRS is saying you shouldn't expect yours this year for three weeks.

"For the average preparer out there, be prepared for the delays," says Leverett. "Don't depend on that money in two weeks."

Leverett says he doesn't expect to see refund checks until Valentine's Day.

And that kind of delay may leave people like Josh in the cold as they figure out how to make up that money.

"I'm working three jobs right now, so I guess that's just what I'm going to have to do," he laughs.

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