Fine, fine. But what about those refunds?
Here’s what will -- and won’t -- happen:
- There will be no refunds issued
- There will be no audits or examinations, although there may be some exceptions
- There will be no processing of non-disaster relief transcripts
- Forms such as 1040X or amended returns will not be processed
- There will be no non-automated collections
According to Forbes, here are some functions that will continue:
- Mailing of tax forms
- Call centers, which will remain open during filing season (more than 10,000 customers service representatives will handle telephone calls)
- Processing returns that include payments
- Civil and criminal tax cases
- Active criminal investigations
- The IRS website, IRS.gov;
- More than 3,000 IT-related workers will remain on the job
This is a contingency plan, of course. The last time the government shut down in 2013, everything closed, including customer service and call centers, Forbes reported.
And what about the Republican tax cut bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last month? Tax experts said that a lengthy shutdown could complicate the challenge the IRS faces in implementing the new guidelines, The Washington Post reported.