IRS employees hoping for an end of summer vacation will have to settle for a measly 3-day Labor Day weekend this year. As we suggested may happen in July, the IRS has officially cancelled the furlough day scheduled for Friday, August 30th, 2013.On a brighter note they’ll get another day of pay to spend on the festivities.
The press release leaves open the possibility that the IRS may require an additional furlough day before their fiscal year ends on September 30th. So far, the IRS has closed for only three of the five furlough days initially proposed in the wake of the Federal sequester.
All services will be available on the normal Friday schedule.
It’s probably good news for IRS employees happy to regain an extra day of pay, less good for those who booked a flight to the islands for the long weekend.
The IRS announced yesterday that it is canceling the furlough day originally scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013. According to the press release “the IRS will be open for taxpayers that day as scheduled.” Presumably all functions and services will be available. The press release indicates that the IRS also may cancel the scheduled August 30, 2013 furlough day but a firm decision has not been made.
I know you just got back, but the IRS still wants to see that tax return.
Taxpayers who were in military or naval service outside the United States or Puerto Rico (sorry, Fort Buchanan) on April 15 receive an automatic extension of two months to file 2012 returns (no extension filing required). However, the deadline for filing that return is now right around the corner.
Since June 15 falls on a Saturday this year, eligible taxpayers will have until June 17 to file. Remember that the IRS will be closed on Friday, June 14 so it will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on that day.
The automatic extension also applies to taxpayers who were living outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico on April 15 and also have a primary place of business or workplace outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico (like those guys in the movie Cocktail).
For service members and taxpayers still not ready to file a complete return, filing a Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, will give you additional time to empty the shoebox, sort the receipts, and get that return in without penalty.
There, I managed to work the Navy and Tom Cruise into the same post without mentioning that 1980s film about the jets.
UPDATE 7/17/2013:The IRS has announced that it is canceling the furlough day scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013 mentioned below. According to the press release “the IRS will be open for taxpayers that day as scheduled.” Presumably all functions and services will be available. The press release indicates that the IRS also may cancel the scheduled August 30, 2013 furlough day but a firm decision has not been made.
The furlough days are not considered federal holidays, so the shutdown will have no impact on any tax-filing deadlines.
The only tax payment deadlines coinciding with any of the furlough days relate to employment and excise tax deposits made by business taxpayers. These deposits must be made through the Treasury Department’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), which will operate as usual.
However, the IRS will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on any day the agency is shut down.
Deadlines to Produce Documents Extended
Where the last day for responding to an IRS request falls on a furlough day, the taxpayer will have until the next business day.
For example, if the last day to respond is tomorrow, the taxpayer will have until Tuesday, May 28 to comply (Monday is Memorial Day).
This next business day extension applies to:
documents requests for an examination, review or compliance check, and
document requests related to a collection matter.
Deadline Extensions Do Not Apply to the Courts
Petitions with the U.S. Tax Court are Still Due if you received a
Statutory Notice of Deficiency,
Final Partnership Administrative Adjustments,
Final Determination following a Collection Due Process Hearing, or
Other notice with a deadline for seeking Tax Court review (e.g., innocent spouse relief, interest abatement).
Refund Claim Complaints in U.S. District Court are Still Due
However, check to see if the local court is on furlough and has issued guidance.
The Internet Might Be Open and We Might Take Your Call
Some, but not all, online and automated phone tools will continue to function on furlough days.
The following online and phone tools will be available
Order A Transcript,
Interactive Tax Assistant,
PTIN system for tax professionals,
Tele-Tax, and the
Online Look-up Tool for repaying the first-time homebuyer credit.