The government shutdown has sent lots of IRS employees home for the duration, and that means you're on own your own if you have yet file your 2012 tax return.
Because of the government shutdown, the IRS has only a fraction of the usual employees. If you filed last spring for a filing extension on your tax return, H&R Block tax advisor Michael Hayes says the shutdown doesn't let you off the hook. You still have to meet the upcoming deadline.
"THat time frame is quickly upon us. As of Oct. 15, all those returns are due to the IRS," Hayes said.
The IRS suspended all audits and will not be processing any tax refunds during the shutdown. If you have questions about your taxes, you're out of luck. The IRS call centers will not be staffed, but you can get some information via the agency's automated lines.