Mortimer Caplin, who served as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in the Kennedy administration and the early months of the Johnson administration, sees problems ahead for taxpayers and practitioners from the government shutdown.
The IRS announced plans for cutting back all but essential functions during the shutdown, including stopping tax refunds and closing the Tax Court, but will still require the payment of taxes (see IRS Suspends Tax Refunds and Tax Court Operations). “The law is still in effect, and businesses and individuals should still continue to file their tax returns and make deposits,” Caplin pointed out. “For those engaged in tax litigation or coming into compliance with IRS regulations, they will have more time to prepare as the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court have suspended operations.”
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