The partial government shutdown continues to complicate matters for taxpayers. Although the IRS recently announced that it will process tax refunds despite the ongoing shutdown, communication with the IRS is a one-way street.
Taxpayers are still receiving notices from the IRS, such as time-sensitive notices of intent to file a lien or issue a levy-but taxpayers are unable to respond to these. The IRS isn't answering the phones, and there's no way for taxpayers to ensure that a mailed response reaches the correct IRS employee.
Technically, the IRS can seize property during a shutdown because the IRS's contingency plan considers such activities "necessary for the protection of government property." Taxpayers are left wondering if the employee in charge of their matter is furloughed--or still operating and able to act on the notice.
Give us a call to discuss your specific fact pattern, and we can discuss more than just the IRS message, "Welcome to the Internal Revenue Service. Live telephone assistance is not available at this time. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible. ... We apologize for any inconvenience."