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Here's What the Government Shutdown Means for the IRS and for Taxpayers

 - Thursday, January 03, 2019

When it comes to taxpayer-relevant IRS services during a government shutdown, here’s a decent rule of thumb: if the action involves collecting money, that service is available; if the action involves issuing money, that service is unavailable. While it’s easy to see this arrangement cynically, the IRS is simply complying with federal regulations.

That said, our friends at the Latino Tax Professionals Association recently published an article outlining specific services that will and will not be available should the government shutdown continue:

"We have good news and bad news.

The bad news: The IRS is among the government agencies affected by the government shutdown.

The good news: The IRS has a contingency plan in place which addresses which services the agency will and will not offer during the shutdown. 

During the shutdown, the IRS is still offering the following services:

  • Processing electronic and paper filed returns
  • Processing disaster relief transcripts
  • Design and printing of tax forms
  • Accepting payments

During the shutdown, the IRS will not be offering the following services:

  • Answering phone calls—try it 800-829-1040
  • Issuing refunds!
  • Processing 1040X amended returns
  • Conducting audits or examinations of returns 

Although the IRS has yet to announce a beginning to the 2019 tax season, we encourage you to continue planning for the upcoming tax season and suggest you stay up to date on all the new tax changes before the season starts."   


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