By Legal Futures’ Associate Title Research 
Earlier this year, it was widely reported that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was experiencing severe delays following the longest US government shutdown in history. CCN reported: “Upon returning to work, the IRS had over 5 million pieces of mail that had not been sorted for processing”.
The 35-day closure of government services between December 22nd 2018 and January 25th 2019 is still impacting the IRS as they continue to work through their backlog even today. Call waiting times are currently averaging around two hours, and the IRS informed one of Title Research’s overseas asset specialists that domestic work is dating back to January 2019 at present. Although, it is currently unclear how severe the delays are for international work.