The United States Tax Court shut down operations on Friday, December 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice. If someone is representing you in your case, you should contact your representative for more information. Visit the Tax Court’s website for updates.
The Tax Court website indicates that mail sent to the court through the U.S. Postal Service or through designated private delivery services may have been returned undelivered. If a document you sent to the Tax Court was returned to you, contact your representative or visit the Tax Court’s website for instruction.
Certain trial sessions were canceled and some were not. For more information, be certain to visit the Tax Court’s website for more information. Taxes will continue to accrue on taxes being disputed in any pending Tax Court Cases, however, the IRS is continuing to process payments during the shutdown.
It’s business as usual at the Internal Revenue Service. The government shutdown will not affect 2018 income tax return filing. The IRS confirmed that income tax returns will begin to be processed beginning January 28, 2019 and will provide refunds as scheduled.
The IRS received a permanent indefinite appropriation from Congress to pay all tax refunds (31 U.S.C. 1324) so no worries about receiving any refunds. A significant portion of the IRS’ workforce is being recalled that are currently furloughed to support taxpayers customer service needs.
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