Nobody Home at the IRS

Govt ShutdownWell the Government has closed its doors for who knows how long.  That means the IRS is also closed.  That’s the good news and that’s the bad news.

The good news is that there is nobody home in the audit and collections departments.  Which means there will be a temporarily halt to phone calls and letters telling you “I’m with the IRS and I’m here to help you.”

The bad news is that there will be no refunds issued while the lights are off.  Also the clock marches onward toward the October 15 due date.  And there is nobody at the IRS to answer your questions. So, we recommend that, if you do have a question, go to Google or Bing or your favorite search engine or even IRS.gov if you want to get advice with an IRS slant.  You can also call your tax professional.

We are not certain what to tell you if the IRS has given you a deadline to take some sort of action.  If they want a payment by October 5, then I would do my best to make that payment even if the government’s doors are closed.  Most times, ties go in favor of the government so be certain that you know the risks you might be taking.

As we understand it, the IRS computers will still be functioning so you can still e-file.  We hope.

So until the IRS opens its doors again, enjoy a little peace and quiet.  But remember, they are not going away forever.

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