IRS and a Government Shutdown
The new fiscal year for the federal government begins on October 1, 2023, and so far, Congress has been unable to agree on spending authorization legislation for the new fiscal year. Without such legislation being enacted before October 1, the federal government will shut down after September 30, 2023.
If the government shuts down, it is likely that the IRS will furlough some of its employees, although, the IRS has not yet released details of its plans for a shutdown.
Practitioners with matters before the IRS will, most likely, see substantial delays in being able to resolve those matters.
Practitioners who need to obtain information from the IRS for clients, or who have other matters before the IRS may consider trying to contact the IRS this week, since there may be a delay before they will be able to contact the IRS, if a shutdown occurs.
A shutdown would also interrupt processing of the backlog of unprocessed tax returns, which dates back to the pandemic.
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