According to Ken Corbin, the commissioner of the IRS’s Wage and Investment division, the IRS will start the tax filing season on time in spite of the agency being shut down as Congress negotiates a government funding deal.
“The start of the filing season hasn’t yet been announced, but the agency is ‘tracking very well’ for it to begin in late January or early February, as is typical,” said Corbin. The agency will announce a start date after it has completed testing all systems in compliance with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. When the government shuts down, “the agency can still have ‘critical staff’ work to complete tasks required to launch the filing season,” he said.
If anything should change, we’ll be sure to keep you informed.