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Tax season frustrations continue


Tax preparers say this tax season is proving to be the most inconvenient and frustrating for both them and clients.

Some tax forms have not even been released by the IRS.

It's being called a domino affect.

Some tax preparers we talked to say the root of the equation is with state and federal legislators.

"In the 27 years that I've worked - nothing like this," says Cleta Mills of H&R Block.  "I have to blame our congressmen and our senators for that.  Sorry, but they laid back and didn't do their job."

Mills says some tax credits weren't approved or extended by lawmakers until after 2012.

"The IRS programs their computers to what the tax laws are at the end of the year, so they had to reprogram their computers," says Mills.

Mills says this IRS shuffle is affecting about half of her clients.

Fortunately for Shawn Klosterman time is on his side.  He's able to claim education credits that were only approved by the IRS last week.

"There's always questions though," Klosterman says.

And speculative answers.

"If you have children in school and they're trying to fill out their FAFSA form for the coming school year it's putting everything behind," says Mills.

Certain energy credits, and credits for employee business expenses, among others, have yet to be released.

Tax preparers say it'll be an inconvenience at the very least.

"We can't electronically file their tax returns until the IRS get their forms up," says Mills.

The more dependence on that tax return the more costly the wait.

Tax preparers say Earned Income Credits are also affected by this year's late release of forms.

People can always check on the IRS website to see if forms have been made public.

If the whole tax filing process has traditionally been confusing you can also ask a professional tax preparer for any updates.

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