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William Perez

IRS Shut Down

By October 1, 2013

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The Internal Revenue Service is closed today, October 1, 2013. The IRS will remain closed until such time as a budget or continuing resolution is passed by Congress and signed by the President to fund the federal government.

As part of their 61-page Shutdown Contigency Plan (pdf), the only IRS employees permitted to work during the government shut down are activities authorized by law (such as activities that have already been funded through previous budget appropriations),  activities necessary to safeguard human life or to protect government property, and activities necessary to shut down the IRS.

Employees allowed to work at the IRS during the shut down will be performing services such as:

  • Providing services to the Social Security Administration
  • Designing and printing next year's tax forms
  • Completing and testing of next year's tax processing programs
  • Processing tax returns with payments
  • Processing electronically filed tax returns
  • Maintaining IRS computer systems
  • Processing cases involving bankruptcy, imminent expiration of a collection statute, liens, and asset seizures,
  • Maintaining building facilities
  • Maintaining undercover criminal investigations and law enforcement activities

What IRS Services are available during the shut down?

What IRS Services are not available during the shut down?

  • The IRS telephone hotlines are closed.
  • Taxpayer Assistance Centers are closed.
  • Refunds will not be issued.

Tax Returns and Payments

All deadlines for filing tax returns and remitting tax payments are still in force.  Personal tax returns on extension still have a deadline of October 15th, 2013.

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