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The IRS on March 24 posted to its website a press release providing an update on the status of its operations, emphasizing that, although curtailing some operations during this crisis period, it plans to continue with its “mission-critical” functions, including processing tax returns and refunds.

The agency on March 25 in IR-2020-59 unveiled its People First Initiative to assist taxpayers facing tax challenges during the current crisis by providing immediate relief through temporary process adjustments, including easing payment guidelines, postponing compliance actions, and suspending key compliance programs.

Taxpayers and practitioners have had many questions about the status of IRS operations during the current pandemic. The IRS press release issued on March 24 answers some of those questions. The IRS People First Initiative unveiled on March 25 provides more clarity. At the same time, unresolved issues remain around the rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to request additional clarifications from the IRS and will provide updates on this fluid and challenging situation.