IRS won’t issue tax refunds during government shutdown

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Taxpayers who file early in tax season may not receive their refunds in a timely manner because of the partial government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018. "Their withholding has also decreased and therefore their refund might be exactly the same as it was in the previous year when they were expecting a bigger refund because of the tax reduction", Fortine explained.

Your tax refund could be significantly delayed if the government shutdown continues.

A notice on the door of the IRS Tax Assistance Center on N. Woodlawn in Wichita reads it will not reopen until the partial government shutdown ends.
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The partial government shutdown may significantly delay tax refunds from the IRS. However, given the length of the shutdown, Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union told Politico more employees will have to work without pay to account for filing season. If the shutdown continues through tax season, though, it could have a very serious impact indeed. That's on top of an already complicated tax season, due to the myriad of new regulations ushered in by 2017's sweeping tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That includes questions about how the new tax law may have changed things for this year's W-2 forms, which they must send out by the end of January.

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"A lot of people count on these refunds", Jeff Olsen, Tax Partner Berndt CPA, said.

Don't let the government shutdown fool you: You still have to file your taxes. Taxpayers can still file with TurboTax, she said, but the company will simply store their information until the government re-opens, at which point they will transmit it.

"They have not addressed yet if the delay is deep into tax season, will they push back the filing deadline? Normal operations will resume as soon as possible".

And, more broadly, the remaining 12.5 percent of IRS employees still working are mostly those classified as serving "in the protection of life and property".

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