Our goal at Apel Associates is to keep you informed of the latest information, from tax law changes to the government shutdown, and how it may impact you.  Some of the questions you may have with the current shut down are:

  • How is the IRS affected?
  • Will I be able to file my taxes?
  • When will I get my refund?
  • Is there anyone at the IRS I can speak with?
  • I had a pending appointment with the IRS.  What should I do?

These are all very understandable concerns.  We wanted to share with you the following update provided by the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP,) which may help with some of the answers you are looking for.

-We are happy to help answer any questions you may have.  Thank you, Apel Associates, Inc.

— Update from NATP —

Earlier this week, the IRS released an updated Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan with a projection that roughly 57% of IRS employees would resume duties, unpaid.

As we get closer to the official opening of tax season, the IRS plans to:

  1. Continue to work on creating and revising worksheets, forms, instructions and publications affected by TACNA
  2. Accept and process tax returns
  3. Pay refunds due
  4. Process received payments

The IRS will accept paper and e-filed returns; however, it warned that paper returns will be severely delayed. The IRS will continue to review returns for fraudulent activity and perform internal reviews.

Most other operations will remain limited or unavailable:

Telephones. No live telephone customer service assistance is currently available, although the IRS will be adding staff to answer some of the telephone lines in the coming days. Due to the heavier call volume, you should be prepared for longer wait times.

In-person service. IRS walk-in taxpayer assistance centers (TACs) are closed.

Taxpayer appointments. 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 when the IRS reopens.

Taxpayer correspondence. The IRS will be responding to paper correspondence to a limited degree during this lapse period. Taxpayers who mail correspondence to the IRS during this period should expect a lengthy delay in response after the IRS reopens due to a growing correspondence backlog. Make sure you make copies of all correspondence and document the time and date of your responses.

Tax-exempt groups. The IRS will not be processing applications or determinations for tax-exempt status or pension plans.

Enforcement activity. During this period, the IRS will not be conducting audits, but will continue to mail automated initial contact letters. No collection activity will generally occur except for automated collection activity such as collection notices. Criminal investigation work, however, continues during this period.

Remember, the prevailing tax law remains in effect and all taxpayers should continue to meet their tax obligations as normal.


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