The IRS has finally announced that it will stop the automatic issuing of federal tax liens, levies and executions during the government shut down. Unfortunately, many automatic levies have been issued by the IRS and there is no one in the IRS to talk to or negotiate with to set up installment agreements or take other actions to remove the levy. This results in great hardship for taxpayers.
The IRS has been issuing notices, some dated October 7, 2013, even though the office was to be shut down by October 1, 2013. It is hard for me to believe that this was not designed to have maximum impact upon taxpayers. In fact all the IRS services that normally assist taxpayers, whether its at a service center, or on the telephone, as well as the normal collection and auditing function, have been terminated during the shutdown. This intentional design clearly is to put a maximum negative impact upon taxpayers.
Because of the complaints, the IRS is now issued a revised listing of its operations during the government shut down where it indicates that it is stopping to send future tax liens and levies until that section of the IRS reopens. Unfortunately many people are still caught in the middle with little recourse.