The IRS will not be targeting – or helping – anybody on four weekdays spread out during June, July and August, as all of the agency’s offices and services will be closed due to the cost-cutting federal budget sequestration.
According to the IRS, all of its offices, toll-free telephone lines and taxpayer assistance offices nationwide will be close on June 14, July 5, July 22 and August 30.
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All IRS employees – including the ones who answer questions — will be furloughed without pay, and no tax returns will be processed on those dates. On the other hand, no tax compliance activities – audits, targeting and such – will take place, either.
But hold on there taxpayers. The IRS warns that you should, as in had better, continue to file your required returns and pay your taxes as usual on those dates.
“Because none of the furlough days are considered federal holidays, the shutdown will have no impact on any tax-filing deadlines,” said the IRS in a press release. “The IRS will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on any day the agency is shut down.”
So, if you have a tax return or tax payment due soon after one of the furlough dates, you need to take those dates into account. For example, returns from taxpayers living abroad and second-quarter estimated tax payments are due on June 17, and highway use tax returns for commercial truckers are due on September 3.
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Tax payments made through the Treasury Department’s online Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) on the furlough days will be processed normally.
The IRS says is will give taxpayers extra time comply with requests to provide them with documents like administrative summonses, requests for records in connection with an audit, review or compliance check, or documents related to a collection matter.
When the last day for responding to an IRS request for documents or records falls on a furlough day, the taxpayer will have until the next business day.
Don’t feel too bad about not being able to call the IRS on their four furlough days, because according to the U.S. Taxpayer Advocate Service, the IRS is only able to answer about 7 of every 10 calls it gets from taxpayers. In addition, taxpayers spend an average of 12 minutes on hold waiting for the IRS to answer their questions… or not.
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