Could the Government Shutdown Delay My Tax Return?

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Tax preparers are not government workers, so despite the shutdown, they can still do your taxes for you.

A major pain point in negotiations was President Donald Trump's wall, which he wants to build along the southern border of the United States.

He says that the IRS can process tax returns during a shutdown, but it can't hand over tax refunds.

'We're in uncharted territory as each day gets longer, ' Mark Steber, chief tax officer at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, told the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the refund issue.

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

That is what callers to the IRS hotline heard and will continue to hear when calling the government agency's hotline with a tax question.

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Tax filing season begins in mid-January, and returns are due to the IRS by April 15, raising the possibility that tax refunds could be delayed.

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

The Daily Caller executive editor Vince Coglianese discusses how a partial government shutdown will impact the American people.

Lawless says taxpayers shouldn't procrastinate getting their returns filed because when refunds are issued, they'll be sent out in the order they were received. An analysis by UBS estimated an overall increase of $42 billion to $66 billion in tax refunds this year over 2017.

Meanwhile, the IRS will also stop several other functions: audits, return examinations, non-automated collections, and 1040X processing, among other operations. According to the agency's contingency plan for lapsed appropriations, taxpayer refunds are one of the things that will be affected.

Looking back at previous year, by February 2, 2018, the IRS had paid $12.6 billion in refunds to more than six million households.

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