Government Shutdown During Trump Administration Could Delay Refunds for Tax Returns

Dwayne Harmon
January 8, 2019

He said he's already had clients asking how the shutdown will impact their tax returns and when they should file their taxes.

If the government shutdown is not resolved soon, federal tax refunds will be delayed.

Local IRS buildings continue to remain closed, some employees are still furloughed and no appointments can be made either while the government is closed. "We offer a refund advance loan, 500 to six thousand dollars, you can get it within 24 to 48 hours", said Land.

The partial government shutdown may significantly delay tax refunds from the IRS.

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

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

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

"Don't look for this filing season to be open even at the end of January". An analysis by UBS estimated an overall increase of $42 billion to $66 billion in tax refunds this year over 2017. The government will take your money but it can't do refunds during a shutdown.

As the government shutdown enters another week, federal agencies like the IRS are feeling the effects.

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.

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. This is also one of the more noticeable functions performed by the IRS that taxpayers would be likely to miss if payments were to be delayed.

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