In spite of the government shutdown, the IRS reminds taxpayers that Tuesday’s Oct. 15 filing deadline remains in effect for those who requested the six-month extension. You can file electronically or on paper. Processing may be slower for paper returns, but payments accompanying both paper and electronic returns will be accepted and processed as the IRS receives them – i.e., right away. Tax refunds, however, will not be issued until normal government operations resume. During the shutdown (or “appropriations lapse,” as the IRS puts it), live telephone assistance will not be available, but the website at www.irs.gov and most automated toll-free telephone applications will remain operational.
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