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IRS 2013 Shut-Down Days - What They Mean for Businesses

By July 1, 2013

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Blame it on the "Sequester" for IRS closures in 2013. So what do these closures mean for your business taxes, in addition to not being able to contact anyone from the IRS on those days to ask questions, that is?

The IRS has announced three more closure days - July 5, July 22, and August 30, 2013. And they may close one or two more days later in the year.

These closure dates were selected, I imagine, to avoid the most difficult days to be closed - the 15th of each month, when payroll tax deposits are due, and the last day of the month, when some other payments are due.

But federal tax deposits can still be made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), which will still operate on closure days.

But, here's how the IRS closures in July, August, and future 2013 dates might affect your business (or not):

  • Since these aren't federal holidays, there is no extension for filing any specific tax return or for tax deposits that might be due on these days.
  • The IRS says your business can have an extra day for submitting documents to the IRS, if these documents are due on one of the closure days.
  • The IRS won't acknowledge receipt of any documents on these days.
  • Some web-based online tools and phone-based automated services will continue to function this Friday, while others will be shut down. Visit the "Tools" page for more information.

In general, there will be little difference in your interaction with the IRS on any of these closure dates, unless you want to talk to someone personally or by email.

More about IRS Shut-down days, from Robert Longley, Guide to U.S. Government Information.

More about IRS Services for Businesses

More about using the EFTPS System to pay business taxes






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