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Though Federal Government Shut Down, IRS Extension Deadline Intact

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October 7, 2013 —  A local tax expert says even though a federal government shutdown has slowed the Internal Revenue Service, the agency expects tax filers with federal extensions to supply their forms on time next Tuesday.

Licensed Tax Practitioner Janet Sienicki says that millions of taxpayers need to file their tax returns that are on extension by October 15th.

She says people expecting tax refunds could experience delays because of the lapse in government operations due to an expired federal budget, causing the I-R-S to have limited operations.  Sienicky says individuals and businesses should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits with the I-R-S as they are required to do by law.

The IRS will accept and process all tax returns with payments, but will be unable to issue refunds during this time, no live telephone customer service assistance will be available.

She says that IRS walk-in taxpayer office centers will be closed, and that while the government is closed, people with appointments related to examinations (audits), collection, Appeals or Taxpayer Advocate cases should assume their meetings are cancelled. IRS personnel will reschedule those meetings at a later date.

However, automated IRS notices will continue to be mailed, though the IRS will not be working any paper correspondence during this period.

She offers some basic steps for taxpayers to follow during this period.

  • File and pay taxes as normal. Individuals who requested an extension of time to file should file their returns by Oct. 15, 2013.
  • All other tax deadlines remain in effect, including those covering individuals, corporations, partnerships and employers. The regular payroll tax deadlines remain in effect as well.
  • File your tax return electronically or on paper — although the processing of paper returns will be delayed until full government operations resume.
  • Payments accompanying paper tax returns will still be accepted as the IRS receives them.
  • Tax refunds will not be issued until normal government operations resume.
  • For taxpayers seeking assistance, only the automated applications are open.
  • The IRS website,, is available, but most interactive features are not available.

Sienicki expects that whenever Congress/Senate/President passes a budge or appropriations bill IRS normal operations will resume.


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