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Tax Expert: Fiscal Cliff debate could delay tax refund

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If you've been thinking about getting your taxes filed early, you may want to pump your brakes.  It seems the recent fiscal cliff debate could affect you getting your refund check. 

Tax experts said filers can't submit tax returns until Jan. 30.

They said it's all because of the last-minute tax and spending deal that Congress reached at the beginning of the year. They made changes, IRS had to adjust and it's causing a delay this tax season. But just because the IRS will began taking returns on Jan. 30, doesn't mean you will be getting your return quickly. 

"It could be up to 21 days before you could get your refund in. In the past, it has taken 8-15 days," said Liberty Tax Preparer Scott Lovingood.    

Several tax experts said the holdup is not only delaying business on their end, but could affect businesses who run big specials in January and February based on income tax refunds because of the IRS delay.

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