Local News Should you file your taxes during the government shutdown?

Local News Should you file your taxes during the government shutdown?

If the impasse is resolved before mid-January, the traditional start of tax season, early tax filers may not feel a significant impact.

A prolonged government shutdown would likely delay billions of dollars in income-tax refunds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Nearly 90 percent of the people who work for the Internal Revenue Service are not at their jobs because of the shutdown.

While the IRS does conduct some business during shutdowns, it generally does not issue refunds, answer taxpayer questions outside the filing season or conduct audits.

During the shutdown, the IRS can continue daily activities such as processing returns that come with payments, but they cannot pay out.

The average tax refund past year was $2,800, money that many families rely on to help pay for rent, food and child care, Neal said in the letter.

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The deadline for federal tax returns isn't until April 15.

Tax-filing season normally begins in mid-January and most people receive there W-2 forms towards the end of the month.

Many considerit a major financial windfall that they use to help cover costly expenses or boost their yearly savings.

Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told Politico last week that the IRS could have to call back workers without pay for filing season.

Anyone looking to talk to a representative from the IRS with questions about when they might get their refund is greeted with an automated phone message: "Welcome to the IRS. Individuals were still figuring that out even with the full funding".

This year calls are coming in, but the questions are different. "Normal operations will resume as soon as possible".

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