How Does A Government Shutdown Affect The IRS?

How Does A Government Shutdown Affect The IRS?

It is day three and the United States government is still partially closed for business.

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MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It is day three and the United States government is still partially closed for business.

More questions are coming up about how long and how far reaching this impact could go.

“I think the biggest thing is if you have somebody that's in the middle of an examination, if somebody had an appointment with an IRS agent," CPA with Watkins and Uiberall Jason Whaley said.

Those examinations or audits are cancelled during the shutdown.

Whaley said out of roughly 95,000 IRS employees, only 9% of them will continue working.

“The IRS has put info out basically saying, as far as finding live assistants with people, IRS employees, that's probably not going to happen as long as the government is shut down. So, if there's a walk-in IRS center, it is closed," Whaley said.

Whaley said the IRS could face its own challenges if this government shutdown lasts for a significant number of days.

“If you're shut down for a week, the implications are not as nearly as great as if you have a month-long backlog," Whaley said.

The bottom line is, the shorter the delay the better.
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