Congress failed to agree on a spending plan by September 30, 2013. Accordingly, on October 1, 2013 the federal government was shut down for non-essential services. The federal government shutdown affected many Americans in different ways. For Oklahoma taxpayers, part of the impact was felt by the partial closure of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Understanding the IRS During the Government Shutdown

Despite the lack of full operations by the IRS during the government shutdown, it is important to know that federal tax laws remained in effect and that Oklahoma taxpayers were required to meet their tax obligations as usual. For example, all tax filing and payment deadlines were expected to be met during this time. However, the IRS did not have to meet its obligations as usual. More specifically, the IRS:

  • Did not issue refunds.
  • Did not provide telephone customer service assistance.
  • Closed walk-in taxpayer assistance centers.
  • Cancelled meetings with taxpayers such as those related to audits, collections, and appeals.

In most cases, only automated features and the IRS website were available during the government shutdown. IRS operations were expected to get back to normal once the government shutdown ended. However, there could be a delay to the backlog of processing refunds and rescheduling meetings that need to occur.

Call a Tulsa Tax Lawyer for Help

If you are an Oklahoma taxpayer who owes the IRS money then it is important to understand your legal rights and to do your best to protect your financial future. For more information about how to manage your tax problems, please contact an experienced Oklahoma tax lawyer today at 800.721.7054 to schedule an initial consultation and please read a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Survival Guide for IRS Problems.


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