Courtesy of Pixabay. No attribution required.If your IRS case was pending in the Tax Court, you are probably wondering how the recent government shutdown will affect the status and resolution of your case.

The IRS reminds taxpayers and tax professionals that the Tax Court website is the best place to get information about a pending case. In addition, some of the most common questions and answers are presented below:

What should I do if a document I mailed or sent to the Tax Court was returned to me?

Mail sent to the court through the U.S. Postal Service or through designated private delivery services may have been returned undelivered.  If a document you sent to the Tax Court was returned to you, remail or resend the document to the Court with a copy of the envelope or container (with the postmark or proof of mailing date) in which it was first mailed or sent. In addition, please retain the original.

My case was calendared for trial.  What does the Tax Court’s closure mean for my pending case? 

The Tax Court canceled trial sessions for January 28, 2019 (El Paso, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; and Lubbock, TX), February 4, 2019 (Hartford, CT; Houston, TX; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Paul, MN; Washington, DC; and Winston-Salem, NC) and February 11, 2019 (Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; San Diego, CA; and Mobile, AL). The Tax Court will inform taxpayers who had cases on the canceled trial sessions of their new trial dates.

The Tax Court’s website indicates that it will make a decision about the February 25, 2019 trial sessions (Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Kansas City, MO; and Philadelphia, PA) on or before February 7, 2019.  Taxpayers with cases that are scheduled for trial sessions that have not been canceled or that have not yet been scheduled for trial should expect their cases to proceed in the normal course until further notice.

If my case was on a canceled trial session, when will I have an opportunity to resolve my case with Appeals or Chief Counsel after the government reopens?  

Since the government has reopened as of January 28, 2019, the Chief Counsel should begin making efforts to resolve cases.

Where can I get more information about my Tax Court case? 

If someone is representing you in your case, you should contact your representative. In addition, the Tax Court’s website is the best place for updates.

During the shutdown, did interest continue to accrue on the tax that I am disputing in my pending Tax Court case? 

Yes! To avoid additional interest on the tax that you are disputing in your pending Tax Court case, you can stop the running of interest by making a payment to the IRS.  Contact your representative or go to www.irs.gov/payments for payment options available to you. The IRS continued to process payments during the shutdown.

What should I do if I received a bill for the tax liability that is the subject of my Tax Court case? 

If you received a collection notice for the tax that is in dispute in your Tax Court case, it may be because the IRS did not receive your petition and made a premature assessment.  An IRS attorney assigned to your case will determine if a premature assessment was made and request that the IRS abate the premature assessment.

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