Still one CPA has noted: 'The IRS isn't able to answer their phones. That being said, they weren't answering them before! For the past two months every time you call the IRS the message says, 'We're sorry, due to high call volumes we cannot take your call. Please call back another time.' During the shutdown I have sympathy, but this has been ongoing and is infuriating.'
Another preparer commented: 'This shutdown is a disservice to the taxpayers ... who want to properly pay their debt but are hurt by levies and liens served printed out by computers instead of handled by people. It is a disservice to tax professionals.