Tax refunds could be delayed due to government shutdown

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

Neal asked the IRS when the filing season would launch this year, noting that in 2018 the IRS announced on January 4 that it would start accepting tax returns on January 29.

The shutdown reportedly has the IRS operating with only about 13 percent of its normal staff.

The nation's tax collector does not pay refunds or offer other assistance to taxpayers if they have questions during a shutdown.

"According to sources there will be a delay on tax refunds due to government shutdown, we are all anticipating a quick resolution". An early advance allows banks to disperse money now and have the IRS pay it back at a later date, a process that Tovey says is helpful. But if it drags on, taxpayers across the country likely will feel the impact - if income tax refunds are delayed.

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

Lower-income filers, meanwhile, "tend to file early in the season are taxpayers who count on large refunds to pay down debt, catch up on bills or make major purchases", the report noted.




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

The IRS issued an operational plan for a shutdown lasting five days, which kept about one in eight employees working.

And during shutdowns, only a fraction of IRS employees work.

"Why in the world is the government controlling everybody else's money when they sitting fat on the hog?", said Harris.

How will the government shutdown affect tax returns in 2019?

The tax decrease could also hold surprises for some people.

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