Filing Taxes during government shutdown

Filing Taxes during government shutdown

While it can process some tax returns, keep systems running, and conduct criminal investigations, it can't run audits, answer off-season taxpayer questions, or allocate refunds, he reported.

While tax season is only a couple weeks away the IRS will still be collecting taxes, but will not be issuing any refunds until the shutdown is completely over.

Local IRS buildings continue to remain closed, some employees are still furloughed and no appointments can be made either while the government is closed.

Tax filing season begins in mid-January, and returns are due to the IRS by April 15 -raising the possibility that the shutdown could hit taxpayers who are depending on a speedy refund.

That is what callers to the IRS hotline heard and will continue to hear when calling the government agency's hotline with a tax question.

A delay in tax refunds is likely to disproportionately affect low-income Americans, The Wall Street Journal reports.

As the government shutdown enters another week, federal agencies like the IRS are feeling the effects.

Refunds won't be issued until the government is reopened, which could mean trouble for those hoping to have some extra cash in February or March.

One group that could be affected: those still waiting on tax refunds from before 2018.

A 16 day government shutdown in 2013 meant delays for more than $2.2 billions in tax refunds.

The possibility of a lengthy stalemate could complicate this year's tax season, the first under the new law passed by Congress in 2017.

There's a big caveat to all of this: The longer the shutdown goes on for, the worse the problems will get. This is also one of the more noticeable functions performed by the IRS that taxpayers would be likely to miss if payments were to be delayed.

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