Will I still have to meet the October 15 deadline? Yes. Regular filing deadlines will remain in effect during the shutdown. So anyone who requested an extension on their taxes last spring should still file their returns by October 15. The IRS is urging individuals to file their tax returns electronically because those returns are usually processed automatically. Paper returns will not be processed until full government operations resume. Yet, they still must be postmarked by October 15 to be considered filed on time. That means I’ll get the tax refund I’ve been waiting for, right? Wrong. While tax returns and payments are still expected to be filed during the shutdown, refunds won’t be issued until operations return to normal. What if I need help with my taxes during the IRS shutdown? Sorry. Live telephone customer service agents are among the tens of thousands of IRS workers that have been furloughed. The IRS’s walk-in taxpayer assistance centers are also closed, as well as the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which fields consumers complaints and offers free tax help. You’re not entirely out of luck, though. The IRS’s automated assistance line is still open at (800) 829-1040, and private tax preparers should be able to help you navigate the shutdown. Will my tax audit be postponed during the IRS shutdown? Those who were about to get audited, can breathe a sigh of relief (for now). Tax audits weren’t considered “essential” services so they will be suspended until full operations return. Clergy Financial Resources
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