With the shutdown officially over, the Internal Revenue Service had this to say to employees: get back to work!
As per the IRS web site:
IRS employees are expected to report to work no later than four hours after the start of their tour of duty that begins at 6 a.m. or later local time on Oct. 17.
That should mean that normal operations should resume today. But be patient, folks. Employees have been out of work for 16 days. That means that there will be a backlog. Notices have piled up. Messages have gone unanswered. Mail has gone unopened. Refunds have not been issued.
There have been rumors flying fast and furious about official extensions for notices, delayed Collection Due Process hearings and more. As soon as I confirm the details about extensions and any relief that might be available, I’ll let you know.
We’ll have a better idea about what this means for taxpayers as the day progresses. Keep checking the blog for updates.
It’s been a long couple of a weeks for the nation. For a recap of what the shutdown has meant so far, check out these prior posts:
- Five Things You Need To Know About The Role Of Taxes In The Government Shutdown
- Shutdown Gives Scammers New Opportunities To Steal
- Shutdown Or No, IRS Filing Deadline Remains October 15
- Running Man: Marathoner Fined For Violating Government Shutdown
- D.C. Won’t Issue Tax Refunds, Going Broke Due To Shutdown: Are More States Far Behind?
- The View From The Trenches: What The Shutdown Has Meant So Far For Taxpayers
- With Shutdown, Taxes Still Due But You Can’t Ask IRS For Help
- Congress Marches Towards Shutdown, Spares Military
- Government Shutdown 101: What Happens When The Lights Go Off