IRS Powers Down, But Life Goes On

IRS recently announced that a planned “power outage” (for systems maintenance and upgrading) over the upcoming Labor Day weekend should not hold back your income tax preparation/reporting efforts completely.

  • The main toll-free telephone lines will be completely unavailable after 4 p.m. (eastern) on Friday, August 31 until noon on Tuesday, September 4.  But IRS folks who do answer the phones from early Thursday, August 30 until 4 p.m. Friday will be able to answer tax law questions, but will be unable to access or update tax account information.
  • Taxpayer Assistance Centers will remain open for their regular hours during the outage period, offering answers to tax law questions, help with preparation of returns, and other limited services.
  • You will be able to make payments through the electronic federal tax payment system, though your account will not be updated until after the outage period.
  • And don’t forget IRS’ “Interactive Tax Assistant,” which will be available at throughout the outage period, to help with your tax law and other questions.