Government Shutdown and Tax Season Resources

by Ashley Kittrell | Jan 11, 2019

“Uncertain” is probably the most popular word in the CPA world right now. On December 22, the federal government shutdown began, significantly reducing the workforce of several agencies. Although the IRS announced on January 7 that it would begin processing tax returns on January 28, there are many unanswered questions that are further complicated with the numerous changes brought on by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

A recent post on the AICPA Insights tax blog outlines what IRS services are currently unavailable and what CPAs can do during the shutdown to prepare for the tax season:

“The short answer is this: It’s business as usual for you and your clients. Regardless of the length of the government shutdown, your clients need to gather their tax information and get it over to you as soon as it’s available. Being able to review this information in a timely fashion is crucial to keeping the tax workflow moving and can help mitigate end-of-season bottlenecks.”

Be sure to visit the AICPA Tax Season Resource Center for CPAs for updates on the shutdown, FAQs, toolkits, and other useful materials for the 2019 season.

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