Social Security benefit statements (tax form 1099-SSA) have started to show up in mailboxes.  These are the familiar mailers with the ‘pink boxes’ that all Social Security recipients get each January.

Same goes for military pension statements (tax form 1099-R) sent from DFAS.  They are available now online.

Despite the current government shutdown, the 2019 tax season begins as usual.  The IRS is accepting business returns as of last week (Jan 8th).  Processing of individual returns will begin Monday January 28th.

IRS offices remain closed and phones are answered with recordings that say “Live phone assistance is not available at this time.  Normal operation will resume as soon as possible”.