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Government Shutdown’s Impact on Tax Deadline

by Tim Schlotterer

We are just days away from a possible government shutdown. What does that mean for the April 18 tax deadline?

The IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman addressed the National Press Club on April 6, 2011 and addressed questions related to the federal government shut down.  Shulman stated that the IRS, “has been doing some contingency planning around this.”  Shulman emphasized that “people should file their taxes and the due date will remain April 18.”  He also noted that processing of e-filed returns will continue as normal if the government shuts down.  The Commissioner stated that processing of paper returns would be delayed if the government shuts down and that there would probably be delays in refunds for taxpayers who file on paper.

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