The government shutdown is over until February 15th. That means that IRS workers will be able to return to work and get paid for it. Of course, already understaffed and overworked, they are now facing a huge backlog of returns when e-filing season officially opens on Monday. The CAF unit (that processes our representative power of attorney authorization documents) is also probably going to get swamped. So please, be patient and kind. The IRS is responsible for implementing the laws. They don’t make them and they sure as heck didn’t make this shutdown mess.