The Potlucks have begun in the bowels of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today in celebration of what is essentially a four-day weekend. The Tax Battalion notified you on April 22, 2013, of the news announced by the IRS on May 15, 2013, that they would be closed additional days due to federal budget woes.
The IRS closures are scheduled for May 24 (tomorrow), June 14, July 5, July 22 and Aug. 30, 2013. Each of these closure or furlough days are conveniently scheduled to coincide with a federal holiday, manufacturing a four-day weekend for those people who collect your taxes, but not for those who owe the taxes (this isn’t necessarily true, click to read more about IRS Employees Tax Debt).
Beginning (officially) tomorrow IRS operations will be closed. This means that all IRS offices, including all toll-free hotlines, the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the agency’s nearly 400 taxpayer assistance centers nationwide, will be closed. IRS employees will be furloughed without pay. No tax returns will be processed and no compliance-related activities will take place.
The IRS while firing up the BBQ noted, of course, that taxpayers should continue to file their returns and pay any taxes due as usual. However, since none of the furlough days are considered federal holidays, the shutdown will have no impact on any tax-filing deadlines. The IRS will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on any day the agency is shut down. However, where the last day for responding to an IRS request falls on a furlough day, the taxpayer will have until the next business day. The short of it is, if you haven’t obtained that bank levy release yet, it’s not going to happen until the IRS returns to work with a suntan and a full belly on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.