What Would a Government Shutdown Do to the IRS?

Some wonder how IRS operations would be affected if the government experiences a shutdown.

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As has happened numerous times in the past year, the possibility of a government shutdown is spotlighting several federal agencies, including the IRS, and raising questions about what services might be impacted. (More on that below.) Now those questions are arising again, with talk of a possible temporary government shutdown if lawmakers don't reach a funding agreement in time.

Additionally, the IRS is already in the news, mainly due to being allotted $80 billion in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). (That amount will drop to about $60 billion due to the debt limit deal reached last year.)

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor, Kiplinger.com

As the senior tax editor at Kiplinger.com, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.