How the government shutdown could affect your tax return

Tax refunds for 48 million people could be delayed because of government shutdown

Amid concerns that an extended partial federal government shutdown would prevent tax refund checks from being printed, White House officials said on Monday that the IRS will pay out refunds if the shutdown continues into tax season.

In a statement, the IRS said the agency has always held the view that it has the authority to pay out tax refunds despite a lapse of appropriations during a shutdown. The IRS has yet to announce when individuals and businesses can begin submitting their income tax returns. The IRS had issued more than 6 million refunds, totaling $12.6 billion - an average refund of $2,035.

The decision has yet to face any challenge from the Office of Management and Budget. "We can't file. And since the tax law changed so much, there's a likelihood that there may be a delay" in starting the filing season, he added.

Now in the 17th day and nearing the 2019 tax-filing season that begins on January 29th, Sens.

The Wall Street Journals says Vought told reporters they're going to try and make the shutdown as "painless as possible consistent with the law".

As the government shutdown drags on, Pence told reporters in Monday's briefing that the meetings held between the White House and Congressional leaders were impactful.

"Tax refunds will go out".

President Trump has threatened to continue the ongoing federal shutdown for months, or longer. Millions of taxpayers who typically file for refunds at the beginning of the year have been unsure when they will get their money back from the IRS.

"There's also a lot of opportunities with different corporations or different tax places in the area that do offer what's called the advance on returns".

The IRS said it will recall a "significant portion" of its roughly 52,000 furloughed employees to work on tax returns.

The IRS has sent close to 90 percent of its workforce home without pay due to the government's partial shutdown, according to a contingency plan published by the agency in December.

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