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Government Shutdown

We are currently experiencing the longest shutdown in since the Congressional Budget Office was created. A number of departments and agencies have been shutdown including the IRS.

IRS offices are closed, and almost ninety percent of IRS workers have been sent home. The small percentage employees still working are considered necessary to protect government property. This is personnel that keeps computer systems running, protect federal property, conduct criminal investigations, and take care of other essential tasks including the collecting of taxes.

Currently, there is no one to respond to taxpayer questions, issue tax refunds or perform other administrative functions. Electronic tax returns can be processed, and taxes can still be paid.

The IRS announced that tax season will open on Monday, January 28, 2019. The IRS will begin accepting paper and electronic tax returns that day. According to the updated IRS contingency plan, employees will be brought back to work, without pay, to process refunds. No employees have been called back in yet, however. 1

According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, tax refunds will be paid even if the federal shutdown continues on through the tax filing season.

There are some IRS employees who are still working to implement the Republican tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which contained its own funding for two fiscal years. However, there is no one that can answer questions for taxpayers, businesses, and accountants wondering how the new tax law might affect them.

Sources:

US Department of the Treasury

LA Times

Forbes

Updated 1-15-2019

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