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Government Shutdown: Effect on IRS Operations

Posted 6:25 PM by

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced on its website that its operations have been scaled back due to the government shutdown. However, it emphasized that taxpayers must nonetheless continue to meet their tax obligations as normal.

On Oct. 1, the IRS issued a release on the shutdown's effect on its operations. Highlights are below.

  • Keep filing returns and making deposits on time. Individuals and business should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits with the IRS, as required by law. Individuals who requested a 2012 income tax filing extension should file their returns by Oct. 15, 2013, and all other tax deadlines - including those covering individuals, corporations, partnerships, and employers, as well as payroll taxes - remain in effect. The IRS will accept and process all tax returns with payments, but will be unable to issue refunds during the shutdown.
  • No in-person or live phone assistance available
  • Certain appointments are presumed cancelled. While the government is closed, people with appointments related to examinations, collection, Appeals or Taxpayer Advocate cases should assume their meetings are cancelled.
  • Automated notices will continue. The IRS won't be working any paper correspondence during the shutdown, but automatic notices will continue to be mailed.

Source: CCH

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