On October 22, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service announced it will delay the 2014 filing season approximately one or two weeks to provide the necessary time to sufficiently program and test its tax processing systems. This will move the original start date of the filing season from January 21st until sometime in the period of January 28th – February 4th. While the IRS is currently exploring options to minimize the announced delay, acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel will make a final decision as to the 2014 filing season in December. The IRS has also stated that it will not begin processing paper tax returns before the start date, and encourages taxpayers to file returns electronically, as they will receive their tax refunds more quickly by using e-file with direct deposit.