Only 57.4% of IRS employees are expected to work during the 2019 tax filing season.
The IRS is scheduled to begin processing returns for the 2018 tax year on January 28.
2019 Tax Filing Season
The IRS released its much anticipated, revised Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan on January 15. The IRS’s updated plan for agency operations during the 2019 tax filing season comes on the heels of several letters to the IRS from top congressional tax writers requesting related information.
Optimism appears to be wavering on Capitol Hill for a smooth tax filing season amidst the ongoing partial government shutdown. In addition to the Service juggling normal filing season operations while having fewer employees, this is the first filing season to include tax reform implementation.
The IRS previously stated in an earlier version of its lapsed appropriations plan that refunds are not generally issued during a government shutdown. However, refunds are now expected to be released following a directive from the White House. Moreover, the timing of such refunds remains to be seen. To that end, among the furloughed employees expected to be brought back include those who are involved in processing refunds and those who respond to taxpayer questions.
By Jessica Jeane, Senior News Editor
The IRS FY 2019 Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan can be located here.