Update: There will be new delays for 2013 tax returns (due in 2014). See the current IRS filing delays  for more information.
Are you planning to file your 2012 tax return early and worry about getting your refund? Yes, there will likely be tax refund delays again this year. Because of the delays in resolving the fiscal cliff  and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)  the IRS is already warning about significant delays.
According to a letter  from the IRS Commissioner, there could be a delay again this year.
Latest Update: The IRS just announced that Form 8863 for Education Credits  will also be delayed until the February or March date below.
2013 Tax Delays
Update: Here are the updated delays from the IRS:
- Delays until January 30: The IRS has delayed the start of tax filing season for most taxpayers until January 30, 2013.The January 30 date includes people impacted by the AMT patch .
- Delays until February or March: Further delays will be for people filing residential energy credits, depreciation of property (form 4562) or general business credits. Those tax returns will be delayed until late February or into March. In addition, Form 8863 for Education Credits  will also be delayed. Form 8863 includes the American Opportunity Credit  and the Lifetime Learning Credit.
The IRS has released new dates for the delayed tax forms. The IRS will begin processing tax returns:
- February 10, 2013: Form 4562: Depreciation and Amortization.
- February 14, 2013: Form 8863: Education Credits .
How Long is the Refund Delay?
Even though the AMT was resolved, the IRS has not updated their statement if refunds will be issued on time. The latest statement from the IRS says most people can expect their refunds in 21 days: How Long Does it Take to Get Your Tax Refund? 
What’s the Reason for the Delay?
The delay is due to the changes in the last minute Fiscal Cliff Deal  passed at the beginning of January.
Helpful Tax Resources
- Where’s My Refund? 
- TurboTax 
- Tax Calculator 
- Share your results: Poll: How Long Did it Take to Get Your Tax Refund?