The government shutdown that started on October 1, 2013 resulted in the closure of almost all IRS offices – no customer service representatives to phone, no walk-in taxpayer assistance, no Appeals Officers, not even Taxpayer Advocates are available.
However, somehow the IRS continues to process tax returns with payments, although it does not issue any tax refunds. Automated phone lines remain open and the IRS computer system continues generating automated notices to the taxpayers. In other words, if you received a letter from the IRS, there is nobody there to call to discuss it.
Despite the IRS closure, the tax law remains in effect, which means that individuals and businesses are required to file tax returns and pay taxes by the deadline. For instance, October 15, 2013 is still a due day to file 2012 1040 Income Tax Returns for those taxpayers who requested an Extension to File.
Filing tax returns electronically is the fastest way to get them processed, especially while the IRS is closed. Most electronically submitted returns will be processed automatically, even though no refunds will be sent out until the end of the shutdown. Filing online also helps to avoid any problems that may occur when the IRS resumes operations and has to process a huge number of mailed correspondences, which can be easily lost or misplaced.
Although no new levies and liens will be issued during the shutdown, taxpayers can still receive Levy or Lien notices that were generated before October 1, 2013.
IRS Criminal Investigation department continues to work to protect the government interest.
If you have a question about the received correspondence from the IRS, you are welcome to call us at 20/20 Tax Resolution, and we will be happy to help you to understand the problem. You don’t need to be our client to get a free consultation by calling our 1-800-880-7318 toll-free number.