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Government Shutdown Not Pushing Back Extended Tax Filing Due Date

If you're one of 12 million Americans who requested a tax extension six months ago, Tuesday's deadline is still in effect, despite the government shutdown. Your taxes must be filed electronically or postmarked by October 15. The IRS has a small staff still at work, and even though your taxes won't be process during the shutdown - they're still due.
If you're one of 12 million Americans who requested a tax extension six months ago, Tuesday's deadline is still in effect, despite the government shutdown.

Your taxes must be  filed electronically or postmarked by October 15.

The IRS has a small staff still at work, and even though your taxes won't be process during the shutdown - they're still due.

That's because there's federal law only allows a six-month grace period, and the shutdown doesn't overrule that.

"With the government shutdown, they did not put a law into place to delay the filing deadline of October 15. So by federal law, the IRS is still required to have individuals file the extensions of their timely return by Tuesday October 15. As well as pay taxes that may become due at that time. They're still collecting those taxes so those need to be paid in a timely manner," said Curt Gilbreath of Stadler Tax Service in Terre Haute.

Tax refunds won't be issued until the shutdown is over, but the IRS will process any money that you owe.

IRS call centers are closed, but you can still contact a licensed tax professional with questions Monday and Tuesday.
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