(CNN) - Some will procrastinate, but other consumers just want to get it out of the way early: filing an income tax return.
This year filing with the IRS begins Friday, Jan. 31.
It is the second year in a row that the opening of tax season has been delayed. In 2013, extensive changes to tax laws passed by Congress on Jan. 1 pushed the start back to Jan. 30, while the government updated systems.
This year, it's thanks to the 16-day government shutdown in October, which the IRS says delayed programming, testing and training on their systems.
If you're wondering if the delayed start also means a delayed deadline, the answer is no.
The deadline to file is April 15. Those who need extra time can file for a six-month extension until October 15, though late payment penalties on balances still apply.
And if you're looking for an option that will allow you to file for free, the IRS, with the help of 14 tax prep software companies, will once again offer a free file option for taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less.
The IRS processed more than 147 million income tax returns in 2013. The average refund was just under $2,800.
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