IRS Announces Cutback in Operations


Via Spidell Publishing, Inc.

The IRS announced today that “due to the current lapse in appropriations, IRS operations are limited.”

The key points of their announcement are:

  • They are unable to issue refunds;
  • Taxpayers must continue to file returns and make payments and deposits on a timely basis;
  • There is no live telephone service and walk-in taxpayer assistance centers are closed;
  • Audits, Appeals, and Taxpayer Advocate Services are “assumed” cancelled. “IRS personnel will reschedule those meetings at a later date;”
  • Automated notices will continue to be mailed, but the IRS will not be working any paper correspondence;
  • Automated applications on the regular (800) 829-1040 phone line will remain open; and
  • The IRS website will remain available, although some interactive features may not be available.

More information is available at:


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