While the government shutdown isn’t a reason to dance in the streets by either side of the issue, one group of Americans is elated – those unlucky enough to be facing an IRS audit.
Reuters wrote an article Sunday about the scandal-ridden agency already under investigation for its handling of Tea Party audits. The Internal Revenue Service now has “furloughed” most of their agents responsible for seeking out tax cheats delinquent in their payments.
Only the worst offenders, on an "extremely limited" basis, are being sought. That means the Internal Revenue Service is foregoing mailings of levies or liens to U.S. taxpayers during the current government crisis, according to an IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge.
Tax audits are suspended as well.
People who received notices from the IRS about insufficient payment prior to the shutdown are on the clock from the date of that mailing. The clock starts ticking on their appeal time.
Those unlucky individuals will discover there is nobody “home” to file their appeals forcing them to spend money on filing a lawsuit through a lawyer.
Don’t count on a tax refund either.
Oh, and support centers are shut down, meaning no answers to your tax questions. They will be sent out after the government re-opens.
In other words, you must wait for your money until they are good and ready to send it.
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