IRS Announces Closures due to Sequestration


The IRS says the sequester will necessitate the closing of all offices at least five times in the upcoming months. However, the deadlines to file any tax returns or make any tax payments haven’t changed.

If you were planning to contact the IRS on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22, or August 30 of this year, you’ll need to re-think your plans. As a result of the sequester, most IRS operations will be… well… not in operation. That includes the hotlines, the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the 400 taxpayer assistance centers around the country, the IRS announced. No returns will be processed on these five days either.

However, the deadlines to file any tax returns or make any tax payments haven’t changed, as none of these dates are considered federal holidays, the IRS said. For instance, on Friday, June 14, and Friday, August 30, some employers are scheduled to deposit payroll taxes, according to this tax deadline calendar. These deposit dates remain unchanged; the deposits are made through the Treasury Department’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or EFTPS, which will be operational.

If you’re asked to provide documents to the IRS, such as requests for more information in connection with an audit, you’ll get a bit of break. If the deadline initially given by the IRS falls on one of the furlough days, you’ll have until the next business day.

And, a few online tools will be available on furlough days. These include the Withholding Calculator and the Interactive Tax Assistant.

Along with the five dates listed above, the IRS may announce one or two more additional furlough days down the road, if necessary.

None of the IRS’ 91,000-some employees will be paid for the days that they’re furloughed.

The IRS faces cuts of $114 million in its taxpayer services function, $267 million in enforcement, and $199 million in operations support, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Report to the Congress on sequestration for fiscal year 2013.

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