How The Government Shutdown Affects Taxpayers and Tax Practitioners.

A lot of confusion surrounds the government shutdown and hopefully there will be a solution to end this shutdown soon.
Here is a quick breakdown of how the government shutdown affects taxpayers and tax practitioners.

What remains open?

  • IRS for processing of tax returns
  • Preparations of next year’s tax forms
  • IRS website (
  • IRS Office of Chief Counsel
  • Federal courts to stay open for 10 days then reassess
  • Social Security checks processed
  • US Postal Service

What is closed?

  • IRS taxpayer services
  • IRS audits and examinations
  • IRS to not process paper returns without remittances
  • IRS headquarters and administration
  • No new contracts or purchase orders by the IRS
  • Office of Professional Responsibility
  • IRS Employees furloughed

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