Libertarians exclaim – “see, the government is shut down and people barely notice!” Big government types exclaim – “see, the government is shut down and things are terrible!”
Well, there is one group that should be happy - federal tax delinquents. The IRS has updated its website to advise:
During the lapse in appropriations, the IRS is not sending out levies or liens - either those generated systemically or those manually generated by employees.
The website further advises:
In non-criminal cases, the only enforcement actions the IRS is taking during the appropriations lapse involve isolated instances where we need to take immediate action to protect the government's interest.
Viva la shutdown!
Just so no one gets the wrong idea that there is only good news:
Taxpayers should continue to file and pay taxes during a lapse in appropriations as they would under normal government operations. Individuals who requested an extension of time to file should file their returns by Oct. 15, 2013. Taxpayers can file their tax return electronically or on paper, though the processing of paper returns will be delayed until full government operations resume. Payments accompanying paper tax returns will still be accepted as the IRS receives them. Tax refunds will not be issued until normal government operations resume.