Tax refunds could be delayed due to government shutdown

Tax refunds could be delayed due to government shutdown

H&R Block Senior Tax Analyst Jon Helpling says that taxpayers shouldn't wait for a shutdown resolution before filing their taxes, even if the potential for a lengthy tax refund delay exists.

While many Americans who rely on a refund to offset holiday costs or give them a beginning-of-the-year boost, President Donald Trump has said he will keep the government closed until Democrats agree to fund the border wall.

You do, however, still have to pay your taxes by April 15, as the limited Internal Revenue Service staff remaining will still be processing payments from taxpayers during this time. Only about 1 out of 8 IRS workers work during the shutdown.

You still have to pay, but your refund may get held up.

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The Federal government has been shut down for several weeks and, as we enter into tax season, there could be serious repercussions for taxpayers.

The agency has been part of the government shutdown cut backs, retaining only about 12.5% of their workers. "That stalemate raises the prospect of an unprecedented extended closure during the individual income-tax filing season, which typically starts in mid-to-late January". The government will take your money but it can't do refunds during a shutdown. According to the agency, issuing tax refunds is categorized as a "non-excepted" activity, which means employees responsible for approving and writing checks are furloughed during a shutdown.

The owner of Curtis Accounting and Tax Services said there will nearly certainly be a delay in processing returns.

The possibility of a lengthy stalemate could complicate this year's tax season, the first under the new law passed by Congress in 2017. If the shutdown lasts much longer, the IRS will likely have to make more and more changes on the spot.

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