IRS Will Not Issue Tax Refunds During Government Shutdown

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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.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the IRS is operating with only one-eighth of its normal employees because tax season hasn't yet begun - and that pay refunds are one of their services that's on the chopping block.

Taxpayers banking on their federal refund may have to wait a bit longer to get their money if the government shutdown goes on into the spring.

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The country's tax collector is among the federal agencies affected by the government shutdown, now in its second week.

The agency calls issuing tax refunds a "non-excepted" activity, which is performed by government workers who are being furloughed because of the shutdown. 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.

The new tax law was already projected to increase the risk of a delayed start to the 2019 filing season, according to the IRS, plus there are some new changes for taxpayers to watch out for. That could affect individuals and families that rely on that money.

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Funds cut off to the USDA and Treasury Department is learned to be hampering abilities to give food stamp or supply tax refunds.

Normally, individuals can not file their tax returns until their employer files and delivers their W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, or Form 1099 (for freelancers) by January 31. "We offer a refund advance loan, 500 to six thousand dollars, you can get it within 24 to 48 hours", said Land. Tax refunds of more than $140 billion will either be freezed or delayed for about forty million Americans.

Right now, there's no word on when the IRS workers may return to the office.

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