INDIANAPOLIS | Americans who requested a six-month extension to file income taxes must submit their returns by Oct. 15 -- even if the federal government is still shut down.
The Internal Revenue Service, like most federal agencies, is operating with a skeleton crew while U.S. House Republicans hold up a complete plan to fund the government unless it includes cuts or delays to the Affordable Care Act approved in 2010.
Schererville tax adviser Janet Sienicki said even though the IRS is officially closed, taxes owed to the government still must be paid.
"The underlying tax law remains in effect, and all taxpayers should continue to meet their tax obligations as normal," Sienicki said. "Individuals and businesses should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits with the IRS."
She said the IRS will accept and process all electronic tax returns with payments during the shutdown, but can't issue refunds until the budget impasse is resolved.
According to the IRS, processing of paper returns is on hold until the government reopens. Automated telephone and computer information systems are continuing to operate, but walk-in and live telephone tax assistance is closed.
The IRS also announced all audits or other mandatory meetings with tax officials are canceled until the shutdown is over -- though they will be rescheduled.