The new form is likely to create confusion for some taxpayers - but they can't call the IRS for help. "If this drags on past mid-January, there is a chance that refunds could be delayed". And while some of the lights may still be on in the building, the agency is now operating with only 12.5% of its workforce, or fewer than 10,000 federal employees.
Right now, only 12% of IRS staffers are working through the shutdown.
Looking back at previous year, by February 2, 2018, the IRS had paid $12.6 billion in refunds to more than six million households.More news: Don't use British citizen as political pawn, Hunt warns Kremlin
Tax filing season usually begins in mid-January, and if the shutdown is resolved by then it may have little lasting impact on taxpayers.
The timing of refunds may be in question. But if you're due a refund, well, you may have to wait a long time to get it. "Normal operations will resume as soon as possible".
"Relevant authority has established that tax revenues constitute Government property which the Service must safeguard during a lapse in appropriations", according to the IRS. And it offers direction on how to use IRS online tools.More news: Xiaomi's Foldable Smartphone Leaks with Triple-fold Design
Those who owe taxes usually delay filing until the April 15 deadline, and wealthier taxpayers with more complicated returns often take an extension.
This partial government shutdown, which began December 22, means that impacted federal employees are either furloughed or working without pay, although once a deal is reached those working without pay now will be paid retroactively.
After a meeting today between President Trump and congressional leaders the prospects of a deal in the near future are still uncertain. Vice President Mike Pence will receive this raise as well.More news: Teen arrested for allegedly stabbing two at Church of Scientology in Australia