As you probably know, Washington had the longest government shutdown in history earlier this year. During the shutdown, the IRS operated with only 12% of its staff. That means the IRS has a lot to catch up on, including answering questions, preparing reports, processing returns, and distributing refunds. You may also need to wait longer than normal to get your questions answered or get your refund because the tax code is so different now.
Preparing your taxes is never fun, but there are ways to minimize stress.