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IRS Issues Updates on Post-Shutdown Activities

January 31, 2019

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an update on its website on what to expect from the agency in audits, tax collection, tax return processing and Tax Court operations with the end of the government shutdown. IRS employees returned to work Jan. 28 and are working through emails and voicemails. 

The IRS reiterated that it will not extend any deadlines because of the shutdown. In the other areas, the IRS issued the following guidance:

  • Audits: Among other answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), auditors will begin to contact taxpayers once they have reviewed their inventory and caught up on administrative tasks. 
  • Tax collection: In general, taxpayers will be contacted by the IRS employee assigned to the case once the employee catches up on administrative tasks, but the IRS did not give any additional time to taxpayers or waive any penalties. Private collection agencies will resume contacting taxpayers no later than Feb. 1. The IRS issued several other FAQ.
  • Tax Court petitions: Although the court officially reopened Jan. 28, the IRS cancelled several trial sessions and will notify affected taxpayers about their new trial dates. Any taxpayer that had a petition to the Tax Court returned should resend the petition with a copy of the original envelope or container it was mailed in to prove it was submitted timely.

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