IRS Provides Advice for Taxpayers and Tax Professionals as Operations Resume

January 30, 2019

IRS employees returned to work Jan. 28 following the government shutdown and are working hard to resume normal operations to help taxpayers as much as possible.

As the IRS resumes operations, there are some important pieces of information for taxpayers and tax professionals to keep in mind in several areas:

Audits: Auditors will begin reaching out to taxpayers to re-establish contact as soon as possible, likely after several business days. For taxpayers and tax professionals with questions about examinations affected by the shutdown, check out the IRS’ Frequently Asked Questions on exam resumption.

Collections: Taxpayers and tax professionals looking for information related to liens, levies, notices of deficiency, penalties, passports and private debt collection should visit the IRS’ Frequently Asked Questions on collection resumption. 

Tax Filing for Individuals: The IRS successfully opened the 2019 filing season for taxpayers on Jan. 28. The IRS will be doing everything it can to have a smooth tax season and minimize the impact on taxpayers.

Tax Court: For taxpayers and tax professionals with Tax Court cases, review the IRS website for important updated information, including regarding mail being returned and issues with court petitions not being processed.