Government Shutdown: What Can Taxpayers Expect?
The federal government remains partially shut down. That means that funding for many government agencies has run out, including the IRS. As the tax filing season approaches, taxpayers may wonder how this will affect their tax returns and refunds.
The IRS will plan to keep 12.5% of the workforce as outlined in the Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan created by the Department of the Treasury. The plan explains the actions the IRS will take during the first five business days following a lapse in appropriations. The Department will let the remaining employees continue some functions in the short term, mainly those that are automatic.
The following is a list of some functions that will continue during the government shutdown:
Processing electronic tax returns
Processing of paper tax returns
Processing disaster relief transcripts
Upcoming tax year forms design and printing
Mailing of tax forms
Criminal law enforcement and investigation
The following is a list of some functions that will be put on hold during the government shutdown:
Issuing of tax refunds
Processing of non-disaster relief transcripts, income verification express service, or return and income verification services
Processing of forms 1040X amended returns
Taxpayer services (call sites)
Audit or examinations
If you have any additional questions or concerns about how you will be impacted by the government shutdown, please contact us.