WASHINGTON — The April 18 due date for filing individual income tax returns will not change even if other government functions shut down because of the budget stalemate, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said.
If the government shuts down, he said, the Internal Revenue Service will not process returns filed on paper but will process electronically filed returns. About 70 percent of returns were electronically filed last year.
Shulman also outlined a plan to reduce the need for audits after returns are filed. He said the IRS should receive all paperwork such as W-2 forms before individuals file returns. That would allow the IRS to flag problems before it processes tax returns, instead of sending out refund checks and then starting audits.