The IRS during government shutdown may be closed if it U.S. Department of the Treasury is affected by the shutdown.
In the last government shutdown, the IRS was closed during the early days of January but the workers were called back to work before the government shutdown ended. This was to make sure taxpayers wouldn’t experience any delays in their tax refunds.
Although the IRS workers were called back to work, not all returned to their jobs. The IRS called only about 11,000 of its employees to work. Given the IRS has more than 70,000 employees, the 11,000 certainly doesn’t mean much to continue its operations. All and all though, the government shutdown ended and all of the IRS workers
Considering the possibility of a government shutdown is very low with the current pandemic, you can count on the IRS workers to send your tax refund on time. Other reasons why the IRS offices may be closed can be due to the pandemic. From March 24, 2020 to April 25, 2020, the IRS offices were closed and the IRS workers were mostly working from home in response to the COVID-19.
If you’re worried that the same may happen and the IRS offices will be closed, you can count on receiving your tax refund. However, just like any other office closing, you may experience delays in your tax refund. You can check the status of your tax refund anytime using the IRS’ Where’s My Refund tool. All you need is to know your filing status, exact refund amount, and Social Security Number.