Reed, whose firm prepares about 4,000 tax returns every year, said she hasn't yet felt a severe impact from the shutdown, but she said she is anxious about potential delays in processing tax refunds if the shutdown continues much longer. According to the agency's contingency plan for lapsed appropriations, taxpayer refunds are one of the things that will be affected.
If the shutdown is resolved within a few weeks, it may not affect tax payers. The IRS would have to suspend tax audits, the Small Business Administration's processing of loan applications would be halted and National Parks would close if the federal government is forced into a partial shutdown because of the budget impasse in Congress. "They barely make it month by month, so this is going to be a big issue". As we head into tax season (the IRS hasn't publicized a start date yet), those plans will be updated, a source tells CNN.
"They have not addressed yet if the delay is deep into tax season, will they push back the filing deadline?" Only 12 percent of its staff are working (without pay), mostly focused on security and technology.
The IRS typically begins accepting tax returns at the end of January, and early filers can see refunds hit their account as early as February.
The political impasse comes at a time when there was already going to be additional complexity as individuals and corporations wrestle for the first time with new tax law changes.
The office manager says there are some questions that can't be answered, but what she is advising customers to start getting tax paperwork together now.
Even so, most refunds likely won't be processed until the federal government - particularly the IRS - is up and running at full speed again.