IRS ‘Shutdown’ Rules

IRS reminds you that due to the current lapse in appropriations, IRS continues to operate, though on somewhat of a limited basis.  Nonetheless, they admonish taxpayers to continue to meet their tax obligations in the mean time.  That means that you should keep filing returns and making all relevant deposits.  In particular, folks who requested an extension of time to file their 2012 returns should still consider October 15, 2013 their operative deadline.

But don’t expect any live telephone “customer service” during the shutdown.  And if you’re under audit, consider the auditor-imposed deadlines and scheduled meetings to be essentially postponed until the resumption of normal operations.

Maintain adherence to filing deadlines for both electronically filed and paper filed returns. But don’t expect any refunds to hit your mail box until all of the folks return to work.