IRS Asks Taxpayers For Patience As They Tackle Shutdown Backlog

Despite reports to the contrary, the Internal Revenue Service really is back up and running after the shutdown.
However, as I indicated yesterday, getting the agency back up to speed – and starting to tackle the backlog – is necessarily going to take time. The IRS has noted in particular that it expects “high telephone demand” and that many walk-in offices could open at staggered times.
If your matter is not urgent, the IRS is asking you to wait.
The IRS has begun to process paper tax returns and will begin to issue refunds. They are also finally opening the mail and tackling transcript requests and authorization forms received during the shutdown from third parties – those that were causing some taxpayers major headaches. Again, expect some delays as the IRS works through the piles of mail and requests that have been sitting for more than two weeks.
The name of the game? Patience. Some matters may require a bit more time than others – and the IRS asks that you give them some leeway.
I know, I know. You want me to make a snarky comment about how the IRS doesn’t wait for taxpayers. I’m not going to do it, though. There’s lots to be annoyed with IRS about from time to time – but the shutdown isn’t one of them. That’s all on Congress.

For a recap of what the shutdown has meant so far, check out these prior posts:
IRS To Employees: Let’s Get Back To Work!
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

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