Five Ways the Government Shutdown Will Screw Up Your Life
2. You want to talk to the Internal Revenue Service about your taxes.
Tough luck. Government workers who are deemed "essential," like law enforcement, get to stay on, though they won't be getting paid for a while so they aren't likely in a good mood about it, but "non-essentials" will not be working. Go on and call the IRS call center to ask why your taxes are too high, or inquire if your dog needs to pay taxes -- it'll ring and ring and they'll never answer because essential they are not, according to the LA Times. Also, that tax exemption you requested expires October 15, so if you're just now figuring out that whole tax thing, better find a buddy because there will be no help from the IRS hotline.