With the failure of congress to pass an appropriations bill, you may be wondering how the government shutdown affects the IRS and your tax obligations. Unfortunately, the shutdown is not good news for taxpayers or their tax attorneys. While we still have to pay all our taxes, no refunds will be issued until the government reopens. Electronic submissions and payments continue to be processed, and mailed documents will be accepted. So if you obtained an extension on filing your 2013 tax return, it still must be mailed or electronically submitted by October 15. With respect to businesses, payroll deadlines continue to be in effect.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to file all submissions electronically, as these submissions can be processed automatically, although refunds for these returns will not be issued until the government reopens. Due to a backlog, mailed returns may take longer to process once the government reopens. Other than automated processes, the IRS will largely be out of commission. Telephone customer service lines will not be available, and walk-in service centers will all be closed. All scheduled appointments during the shutdown are cancelled; IRS staff will reschedule the appointments once the government reopens.
For more information, visit the IRS website.