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What Will Happen to the IRS if There’s Another Shutdown?

President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency and divert military funds to border wall construction was, to put it lightly, controversial. If, however, the critics can find a silver lining, it’s that this approach could prevent a second shutdown…for now. Unfortunately, however, another shutdown is far from out of the realm of possibility. If […]

IRS Delays and Backlogs: What a Scary New Internal IRS Report Reveals

The recent government shutdown wreaked havoc on a variety of federal agencies, including, of course, the IRS. This all happened at the worst possible time — while IRS employees were dealing with the fallout of the new tax bill. A recently released National Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report to Congress reveals that the shutdown-related challenges faced by […]

End of the Government Shutdown: What’s Next for the IRS and for Taxpayers? (Part 2)

While the federal government has been temporarily reopened after the longest shutdown in history, the IRS faces a serious backlog, and taxpayers face a confusing season with a whole new set of tax laws. Having previously discussed the obstacles facing the agency—including the threat of another shutdown in coming weeks—what can taxpayers expect, and how […]

End of the Government Shutdown: What’s Next for the IRS and for Taxpayers? (Part 1)

After a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government—the longest in U.S. history—President Trump and Congressional leaders have agreed on a short-term spending bill to reopen the government for three weeks. For now, this means the IRS is officially open and back to its normal workforce capacity. What happens now? What can we expect from […]

IRS Is Recalling Thousands of Furloughed Workers: How This Could Affect You

With the ongoing government shutdown threatening to delay the refunds of millions of taxpayers, as well as delay the resolution of outstanding tax cases, the White House this month broke with conventional protocol and announced that the IRS would be able to process refunds as normal beginning at the end of January. Further, they have […]

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, […]