Government Shutdown is Over: IRS Will be Back to Work

Last night Congress passed a bill to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling through February 7, now thousands of government employees, including IRS personnel will be returning to work.

We don’t have IRS guidance regarding IRS operations yet, but we are closely monitoring for guidance and will let you know as soon as we find out.

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Lisa Lewis is a CPA and the TurboTax Blog Editor. Lisa has 15 years of experience in tax preparation. Her success is attributed to being able to interpret tax laws and help clients better understand them. Lisa also has been a TurboTax product user for many years and understands how the software program works. In addition to extensive tax experience, Lisa also has a very well-rounded professional background. She has held positions as a public auditor, controller, and operations manager. Prior to becoming the TurboTax Blog Editor, she was a Technical Writer for the TurboTax Consumer Group and worked on a project to write new FAQs to help customers better understand tax laws. She could also be seen helping TurboTax customers with tax questions during Lifeline. For Lisa, getting timely and accurate information out to customers to help them is paramount.

Comments (6) Leave your comment

    • Gov funded until tax time over.Look out here comes the King of Obamanation. PS.file ASAP to keep him out of your refund.

  1. I submitted my tax return in the first week of October while the Govt was shutdown and I am due a refund.

  2. I was accepted right before the shut down 09/27 and my refund could not get processed until after the shutdown. Now that the shutdown is over my refund went into 21 days on the 18th an now the wmr bar are gone. Did the 21days count while the shut down was going on?

  3. Will the IRS begin to process tax returns and issue refunds automatically? Or do I need to contact them or anything of the sort? I submitted my tax return in the first week of October while the Govt was shutdown and I am due a refund.

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