IRS announces several closures due to budget cuts

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The Internal Revenue Service has announced additional details about the several planned closures.

Due to federal budget cuts, all IRS operations will be closed on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and Aug. 30, 2013.

All IRS offices, including all toll-free hotlines, the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the agency’s nearly 400 taxpayer assistance centers nationwide, will be closed on those days.

IRS employees will be furloughed without pay.

No tax returns will be processed and no compliance-related activities will take place.

The IRS says taxpayers should continue to file their returns and pay any taxes due as usual.

Taxpayers needing to contact the IRS about their returns or payments should be sure to take these furlough dates into account. In some instances, this may include taxpayers with returns or payments due soon after a furlough day, such as the June 17 deadline for taxpayers abroad and those making a second-quarter estimated tax payment as well as the Sept. 3 deadline for truckers filing a highway use tax return.

Since none of the furlough days are considered federal holidays, the shutdown will have no impact on any tax-filing deadlines.

The IRS will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on any day the agency is shut down.

Tax-payment deadlines are also unaffected. 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.

For more information, visit the IRS website.

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