While the rest of us are experiencing brighter outlooks about the economy, the IRS is facing reality about budget issues. To save money they are actually closing their doors on select days, telling their employees to stay home. Staying home from work sounds nice, but consider this: it’s a furlough without pay. That’s the whole point: the IRS is cutting corners by not paying employees during the furlough periods.
Your Federal Tax Refund Date and the IRS Furlough
What does this mean for federal tax refund dates? Nothing, except nothing will be processed during the furlough days, meaning you could experience a day’s delay in your tax refund if you had requested an IRS extension.
The furlough dates, on which IRS offices will be closed, fall after the federal tax due date of April 15, 2013. The first furlough date was May 24 and the next one is June 14. By now most people have already submitted taxes and their returns are in process so the federal tax refund dates won’t be affected.
But if you applied for an IRS extension and plan to file your taxes on or around the furlough dates, you may have a bit of a delay. But only by about one day since the furlough dates are spread out by at least a week between each date.
Dates the IRS is Closed Due to Furlough
On these five days, nothing will be moving forward chez IRS due to the furlough:
- May 24, 2013
- June 14, 2013
- July 5, 2013
- July 22, 2013
- August 30, 2013
You won’t be able to call the Taxpayer Advocate Service, the toll-free IRS hotlines, or the taxpayer assistance centers that are sprinkled across the country. No federal tax returns will be processed and no questions answered.
Tax Due Dates are Mostly Unaffected
Nope, you won’t be able to get extra time to pay your taxes just because the IRS will be closed a few extra days this summer. Tax payment deadlines are the same and no tax return due dates will change either. Some federal tax deposits that occur on a more regular and frequent basis, such as excise tax deposits, may coincide with a furlough date but this has no effect on the due date. In those cases, including employment tax deposits, the payments are made through EFTPS (the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System), which is not going to be closed on the furlough dates because it’s not part of the budget slash furlough program.
Will the Furlough Affect Anything?
Yes, if you are in process of working with the IRS to provide them documents that they requested, you’ll get an extra day if your process falls over a furlough date. If you are being audited and have been asked to supply financial records for example, you’ll get extra time. If your due date for providing something requested by the IRS, or for responding to the IRS about something is the same as a furlough date, you’ll get until the next business day to comply. One extra day that is.
What About Web Services
Well you won’t be able to call the IRS and speak to a live person on furlough days, but you will be able to use some of their automated services. You can order a tax transcript or calculate your withholding. Where’s my Refund? will not be available on IRS furlough days, however, and same goes for the Online Payment Agreement. But, since the furlough days are spread around the most you’ll lose will be one day.