Here's What the Government Shutdown Means for the IRS and for Taxpayers

By Antonio Martinez, VP of Business Development at Latino Tax Pro.

We have good news and bad news.

The bad news: The IRS is among the government agencies affected by the government shutdown.

The good news: The IRS has a contingency plan in place that addresses which services the agency will and will not offer during the shutdown.

During the shutdown, the IRS is still offering the following services:

  • Processing electronic and paper filed returns
  • Processing disaster relief transcripts
  • Design and printing of tax forms
  • Accepting payments
  • Issuing tax refunds

During the shutdown, the IRS is NOT offering the following services:

  • Answering phone calls
  • Processing 1040-X amended returns
  • Conducting audits or examinations of returns

Although the IRS has yet to announce a beginning to the 2019 tax season, we encourage you to continue planning for the upcoming tax season and suggest you take this tax update webinar to make sure you’re up to date on all the new tax changes before the season starts.

You can also ask Latino Tax Pro questions about the 2019 tax season on The Square Seller Community.

About Latino Tax Pro
Latino Tax Professionals Association (LTPA) is a professional trade association dedicated to excellence in the field of tax preparation and bookkeeping services. LTPA is here to support all those who serve the immigrant taxpayer. Our members work in all areas of tax practice, including individual practitioners, accounting and bookkeeping services, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, and immigration attorneys.