Thursday, January 17, 2019

IRS and Tax Filing Update During Government Shutdown

Here is the most recent information we have during this partial government shutdown.  We do not have the schedule of updated tax software.  Please go to the IRS website for more up-to-date information.

The IRS Will Accept E-Filed Tax Returns on Jan. 28
Despite the partial government shutdown, the IRS announced that they will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns on Jan. 28, 2019.

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The IRS Plans to Issue Refunds as Scheduled
In addition, the IRS announced recently that refunds would go out even if a partial government shutdown persisted. Please remember, it can take up to 21 days  to get a refund from the IRS after you file the return.

Some IRS Operations Remain Limited
In addition, the IRS announced on Jan. 15 that while some of its operations will be operating as normal, others will be limited during the appropriations lapse:
  • The IRS processes for refund fraud detection and ID theft prevention will continue to operate as normal.
  • Automated systems, such as Where’s My Refund, will remain operational.
  • While in-person assistance locations will remain closed, IRS will be bringing staff back to answer phones, but at a reduced level that may increase wait times.
We hope that if you have any questions, please call Tabatha at 410-515-5800 for your tax return appointment today.   Join B. Michael Shanley on Feb 7 and 12 at the White Marsh Library for a very important workshop on Taxes in Retirement.  Seating is limited, please call for reservation today.

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