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Shutdown Means IRS Will Collect Your Taxes But Not Pay Refunds

07 January 2019

The Internal Revenue Service is one of the agencies that now lacks funding, and the USA tax collector has been operating with about 1 in 8 employees under the shutdown plan it uses outside the tax-filing season.

According to KXAN, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will continue to process returns and it will accept payments if you owe money to the government.

Since the shutdown began on December 22, IRS has been operating on a shutdown plan that it uses outside of the tax-filing season, which doesn't fund the processing of tax refunds.

The agency has been part of the government shutdown cut backs, retaining only about 12.5% of their workers.

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There is a new concern as the partial government shutdown drags on. Last year, during the period of late January through the beginning of March, the IRS paid out $147 billion in refunds to more than 48 million households, the Post reported.

According to the IRS contingency plan, only 9,946 of it's 80,000 employees work during a shutdown.

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

In addition, the agency received some two-year appropriations to implement the new tax law, so some activities related to the new law have been continuing, including updating technology and publications. "Every year the IRS hires temporary workers to help process tax returns", she said.

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Receiving W-2s and other tax forms will not be impacted by the shutdown. However, if the government doesn't open by then, he said it's nearly guaranteed that refunds will be delayed.

Account James Gundersdorff, who is licensed by the U.S. Treasury to operate in all 50 states, told WPVI-TV the shutdown is "a huge deal" regarding tax refunds.

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

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. "Normal operations will resume as soon as possible".

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Shutdown Means IRS Will Collect Your Taxes But Not Pay Refunds