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IRS won't process some returns until Feb. 14

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Taxpayers who itemize deductions have to delay filing their returns until February 14 because of changes in the federal tax law.

Some Michigan taxpayers getting ready to tackle their returns may have to wait before filing because last-minute federal tax law changes caused a delay in processing.

If you file a simple federal tax return – that is, you don’t itemize your deductions -- you can do that right now.

Otherwise, you’ll need to wait a few weeks.

Luis Garcia is with the Detroit office of the IRS. He says the agency is updating its programs to reflect the tax law changes.

"That group that files a Schedule A, or is filing a form 8917, or getting the educator credit, those folks will have to wait until February 14," Garcia says.

Garcia says most Michiganders file their returns electronically – and most do get refunds.

He says you can go ahead and complete your return and just delay sending it until February 14th.