While the government occasionally goes through shutdown periods, few have been as controversial – and none have been as long – as the 35-day shutdown that stretched from December 22, 2018 until January 25, 2019. With the shutdown now (temporarily) at an end, the IRS is scrambling to catch up – an effort that’s being further complicated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which first takes effect this filing season. Now that the IRS’ doors are once again open for business, activities such as tax audits and IRS debt collections are beginning to resume. What should taxpayers expect, and what steps must they take to resume the process smoothly? Our IRS tax audit attorneys and CPAs are here to help guide you in the right direction.
Below, our federal tax audit lawyers answer some commonly-asked questions about what happens to tax audits that were in progress when the shutdown began:
While revenue agents perform audits, revenue officers collect unpaid IRS tax debts. (This is not to be confused with special agents, who work for the IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division.) Revenue officers can utilize various collection strategies to recover delinquent tax debts, including assessing penalties and issuing IRS tax levies (including bank levies), in addition to reporting your unpaid debts to the three major credit bureaus. Here are a few important points to know about IRS collections after the shutdown:
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