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What does a government shutdown mean for tax filing obligations?

As the start of tax filing season approaches, the possibility of a U.S. federal government shutdown could disrupt Internal Revenue Service (IRS) operations. “The timing and likelihood of a shutdown is uncertain, but it will not impact our ability to provide the best possible outcomes for our clients,” said Pete Zich, Managing Principal of D+L.

In the meantime, here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Tax filing timing

During a government shutdown, remember that all tax obligations remain in effect. This means that taxes are still due (including estimated payments and payroll), and tax returns should be filed according to the usual deadlines. Likewise, clients should send records and data to their CPA as planned.

Electronic filing

Given the potential for reduced IRS taxpayer services during the shutdown, it is strongly recommended to file taxes electronically. This method is more efficient and can help avoid potential delays in processing. Your CPA can also help you with electronic payment methods, which may help reduce the likelihood of lost mail and payments.

IRS correspondence

Reaching the IRS by phone will likely be challenging during the shutdown. You may still receive automated letters from the IRS. It is important to let your CPA know about any communication you receive, even if received during the shutdown.

IRS examinations

IRS examinations will likely be paused during the shutdown period. Your CPA will work with you and the IRS agent to make sure deadlines are considered and appointments are rescheduled, as necessary.

Feel confident going into tax season with expert guidance from D+L

At Dugan + Lopatka CPAs, we take a proactive, hands-on approach to helping our clients move with clarity and confidence. For over 50 years, we have served businesses and nonprofits in the greater Chicagoland area. We work directly with your management team to help you develop strategies, minimize your tax burden, and make decisions with confidence.

Contact our Chicagoland CPAs today.


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