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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Internal Revenue Service expects Alabamians to file about 2.2 million tax returns in the new year, with nearly 1.9 million of them filed electronically.

IRS spokesman Dan Boone says the agency will begin accepting and processing the 2013 tax returns Jan. 31. That's later than normal. Boone says the delay is to allow time to update, program and properly test all systems after that process was interrupted by the partial government shutdown.

Boone reminded taxpayers that if they want to deduct donations to charities, they must make the donations by Dec. 31.

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