IRS Issues Time-Sensitive Notices During Shutdown--But You Can't Respond

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."

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Our Team

Contact Us to Get Started Today

Located in the Washington, D.C area, we serve clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia, as well as across the country and overseas. For a free initial consultation, call 202-381-1261 or complete our brief online form.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Six Convenient Office Locations in and around the DC Metropolitan Area

Washington, D.C.
1629 K Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20006

Phone: 202-618-1873
Fax: 888-235-8405
Washington Law Office Map

Columbia Office
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21044

Phone: 410-497-5947
Fax: 888-235-8405
Columbia Law Office Map

Annapolis Office
839 Bestgate Road
Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-497-5947
Fax: 888-235-8405
Annapolis Law Office Map

Fairfax Office
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031

Phone: 703-621-7169
Fax: 888-235-8405
Fairfax Law Office Map

Rockville Office
199 E. Montgomery Avenue
Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 240-599-5009
Fax: 888-235-8405
Rockville Law Office Map

Baltimore Office
400 East Pratt Street
8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 443-743-3381
Fax: 888-235-8405
Baltimore Law Office Map