Individual Taxpayers can Obtain Transcripts During IRS Shutdown; Practitioners Cannot

Despite most lights being out at the IRS, taxpayers can still receive some services at the IRS. Crucial to many tax professionals are the IRS Transcripts of Account. Since it is an automated process, taxpayers can still use automated tools, such as IRS.gov, to request that a transcript of their personal tax records be sent to their address of record; the taxpayer will typically receive transcripts in the mail within five to 10 calendar days. Transcript requests by third parties cannot be processed at this time.

While audits, meetings with Appeals Officers and Taxpayer Advocate services are closed, taxpayers are still required to file tax returns and make tax deposits, preferably electronically, during the shutdown. IRS collection notices will continue to be automatically generated and levies remain in force. Refunds will not be issued.

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