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UPDATE: How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting Tax Season

The drama surrounding the federal government partial shutdown—now officially the longest of its kind in U.S. history—continues to unfold. While the impact reaches almost every department of the federal government, all eyes are on the IRS at the moment, as the shutdown is extending into the launch of tax season. Let’s recap a few of […]

IRS Workers are Protesting the Shutdown – What Does This Mean for Taxpayers?

Last week, IRS workers staged a public protest in Fresno, California to demand an end to the government shutdown, which is now the longest in U.S. history. The local IRS office in Fresno typically employs 5200 people, the majority of which have been out of work since the shutdown began. According to local news sources, […]

The IRS Will Pay Refunds Despite the Government Shutdown

In an attempt to ease taxpayer concerns about the ongoing government shutdown and its effect on tax refunds, the White House announced this past week that it has directed the IRS to process tax returns and issue refunds as usual beginning at the end of January. The measure intends to release at least some of […]

How the Government Shutdown Affects You as a Taxpayer (part 2)

While Congress and the White House try to come to an agreement on border wall funding, the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, with the IRS currently functioning with barely a skeleton crew. The IRS will still receive tax returns, and the White House tells us (for now, anyway) that the IRS will still […]

How the Government Shutdown Affects You as a Taxpayer (part 1)

Unless you have been purposely avoiding the news and social media, you have no doubt heard about the partial shutdown of the federal government beginning December 22, 2018, and now continuing into its third week. As the White House and Congress remain at odds over funding for a border wall with no deal in sight, […]

Government Shutdown Ends

The government will reopen effective immediately. The Senate agreed to pass the bill to extend the debt ceiling for an additional 90 days or until January 15th. Obama will sign the bill as soon as it lands on his desk tomorrow and furloughed workers are to report tomorrow. Thus, the government shut down will end […]

IRS Tax Levies and Liens During Government Shutdown

The article below references IRS tax lien and levy issues during the shut down. Interesting article. Points in the direction of the government shutdown and details what the IRS both shouldn’t be doing, nor will they be doing during the shutdown. http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/News/20138894.htm Enjoy!

Government Shutdown and Effects on the IRS

IRS has announced on its website (irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Operations-During-The-Lapse-In-Appropriations) 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. Background on the shutdown. Due to the House and Senate’s failure to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government […]