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What does the federal government shutdown mean to you?

 
 

Currently, the Republican controlled House of Representatives is offering their budget to the democratically controlled Senate, to be approved, which would then go to the President. Unfortunately Congress is at an impasse, as the Senate does not agree with the House's budget, and vice versa.  The President stated that he agrees with the Senate, and would sign their budget; the House will not agree to it, causing the government to cease certain operations until a budget is passed. 

So What Does the Federal Government Shutdown Mean for Taxes?

Due to the current federal government shutdown, IRS operations are limited. However, the tax agency issued a release stating "the underlying tax law remains in effect, and all taxpayers should continue to meet their tax obligations as normal."  A large number of IRS employees were furloughed and the IRS is currently maintaining core functions. Tax filing deadlines,  however, remain the same and payments must be submitted on time despite the shutdown.

http://www.bizactions.com/img/Government/lores_capitol_street_traffic_morning_am.jpgHere are some basic questions for taxpayers about what they should do during the shutdown, along with answers from the IRS.

  • How Does the Shutdown Affect me?

    • You should continue to file and pay taxes as normal.
    • All other tax deadlines remain in effect, including those covering individuals, corporations, partnerships and employers. The regular payroll tax deadlines remain in effect as well.
    • You can file your tax return electronically or on paper --- although the processing of paper returns will be delayed until full government operations resume. Payments accompanying paper tax returns will still be accepted as the IRS receives them.
    • Tax refunds will not be issued until normal government operations resume.
    • Tax software companies, tax practitioners and Free File will remain available to assist with taxes.
  • What IRS Services will still be Available?

    • For taxpayers seeking assistance, only the automated applications on the regular 800-829-1040 telephone line will remain open.
    • The IRS website (IRS.gov) will remain available, although some interactive features may not be working.
    • The IRS Free File partners will continue to accept and file tax returns.
    • Tax software companies will continue to accept and file tax returns.
  • Is the October 15 Due Date Still In Effect and Should People Still File by Then?

    Taxpayers should continue to file and pay taxes during a lapse in appropriations as they would under normal government operations. Individuals who requested an extension of time to file should file their returns by October 15, 2013. Taxpayers can file their tax returns electronically or on paper. However, the processing of paper returns will be delayed until full government operations resume.

    Payments accompanying paper tax returns will still be accepted as the IRS receives them. Tax refunds will not be issued until normal government operations resume. Tax software companies, tax practitioners and Free File will remain available to assist with taxes.

    All other tax deadlines remain in effect, including those covering individuals, corporations, partnerships and employers. The regular payroll tax deadlines remain in effect as well. Penalties and interest still apply for all late filings not received by the regular deadlines.
  • Will Electronically Filed Returns Still be Processed?

    Individuals and businesses should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits with the IRS as they are required to do so by law. However, the processing of paper returns will be delayed until full government operations resume. Payments accompanying paper tax returns will still be accepted as the IRS receives them, though the IRS will be unable to issue refunds during this time. 

  •  Will Paper Tax Returns Be Considered to Be Filed on Time Even Though the IRS is Not Processing Paper Returns?

    Yes. the U.S. Postal Service is operating during the shutdown, and it will postmark and deliver mail to the IRS. Any return postmarked by the due date will be considered timely filed by the IRS even though processing of the return may not occur until after the return due date depending on the length of the lapse in appropriations.

  • Can I Obtain a Tax Transcript During the Shutdown?

    Yes. This is an automated process. Taxpayers can still use automated tools, including IRS.gov, to request that a transcript of their personal tax records be sent to their address of record; the taxpayer will typically receive transcripts in the mail within five to 10 calendar days.

  • Can a Third Party Obtain a Tax Transcript During the Shutdown?No. Transcript requests from third parties require actions by IRS employees, who are not available due to the current lapse in government appropriations. During this period, transcript requests by third parties, such as financial institutions, cannot be processed through the IRS Return and Income Verification Services and Income Verification Express Service. These processes are not automated. However, individuals requesting their own transcripts can still use the automated process.

Contact Us

For additional information on how the shutdown affects you, please contact Boris Benic, CPA, at 516-248-7361, or click here to email Boris. He would be happy to address any concerns you may be facing with respect to the new affordable care act regulations.

 

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