Could the Government Shutdown Delay My Tax Return?

Americans may find themselves missing an agency they usually love to hate if the government shutdown persists the Internal Revenue Service

Americans may find themselves missing an agency they usually love to hate if the government shutdown persists the Internal Revenue Service

"Versus a person who doesn't owe the IRS and is expecting a refund, they won't be getting a refund".

"If you owe money to the IRS and, say you file your taxes and you're getting a refund, they will fully process that refund and keep it and pay it towards your balance", she said.

As tax season approaches, the government shutdown can also affect returns. It notes that federal employees who work in positions with these functions would be furloughed. But, be prepared to adjust your budget accordingly if you have to wait for a refund. We predict the shutdown might last a few weeks but based on the attached chart, our Government will be jeopardizing its own health if this is not resolved by February 16 or the government might indeed need a wall to protect itself from its in citizenry.

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

The tax assistance lines won't be staffed until the shutdown ends.

Normally during the first week of January, Kendria Angrand from Liberty Tax Service in Stroud Township starts taking calls from people asking if the place is open.

And while some of the lights may still be on in the building, the agency is now operating with only 12.5% of its workforce, or fewer than 10,000 federal employees. The government will take your money but it can't do refunds during a shutdown.

The agency received two years of funding to implement the new tax law, so some of those activities including devising worksheets and tax forms along with instructions and publications have continued. The IRS is already going to have to update its contingency plan now that the shutdown has lasted longer than five business days.

He believes the main impact will be felt by taxpayers who are due refunds, but he says there is a solution.

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