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Your Tax Refund Has Been Taken By a Gov't Shutdown — Financial Focus

08 January, 2019, 00:39 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Trump’s shutdown could delay your early tax refund — but it’s not a problem for the rich

They also won't respond to questions from taxpayers.

Across the federal government, about 800,000 federal workers have been unpaid as Trump withholds his support for a bill which would fund the government until he secures the money for the wall that he promised during his election campaign.

But fear not! While the Internal Revenue Service now lacks the funds to process refunds, it is fully prepared to process tax returns that include payments to the government. As a shutdown lasts longer, the agency will have to rework its plan, and head into more uncertain territory that could demand, for example, that agency employees show up to work without pay. But, be prepared to adjust your budget accordingly if you have to wait for a refund.

A shutdown that gets resolved within a few weeks would have little ultimate effect on taxpayers, but lawmakers have made little or no movement toward a deal.

While refunds might be delayed, the April 15 deadline to file won't change.

Tax refunds are among the non-excepted agency activities listed.


"Don't look for this filing season to be open even at the end of January".

Lionel Land has been fielding a lot of emails, texts and Facebook inquiries from people who want to know what the federal government shutdown means for them. WSJ reported the IRS paid out $12.6 billion in refunds by February 2 of previous year.

If you own a small business and pay quarterly tax estimates, consider applying your refund to tax year 2019 rather than having cash returned to you.

First, tax refunds won't be issued.

During the shutdown, the IRS has lost funding and is operating with about 12% of its employees, according to Rubin. According to the agency's contingency plan for lapsed appropriations, taxpayer refunds are one of the things that will be affected.

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