USA lawmaker seeks answers on shutdown's effect on tax filings

Fredrick Soto
January 7, 2019

However: Several tax returns have been called "Necessary for the Safety of Human Life or Protection of Government Property".

If anyone owes money to the government, it is still due by April 15.

Anyone looking to talk to a representative from the IRS with questions about when they might get their refund is greeted with an automated phone message: "Welcome to the IRS". To date, the IRS has not announced an official start date for the 2019 tax filing season.

This year, tax filing season is expected to get an even bigger delay-thanks to the government shutdown. Returns typically start arriving at the IRS by Martin Luther King Jr.

The continuing government shutdown is having an impact on the agency Americans love to hate; the Internal Revenue Service.

That means it could take longer to receive your tax refund. The earlier you file means the earlier you will secure your spot for refunds when the shutdown ends. "If we finish this up next week, maybe".

Americans have been shielded from the effects of the so-called government shutdown. While it can process some tax returns, keep systems running, and conduct criminal investigations, it can't run audits, answer off-season taxpayer questions, or allocate refunds, he reported.

With little or no income-tax liability, these taxpayers often use a sizable refund to help pay down debt, the publication says. Right now, the IRS is working under a contingency plan for the non-filing season that has it operating with only 12.5% of its employees. While the document notes the plan can be reassessed and furloughed employees can be recalled, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday and CNN reported Thursday that the IRS generally does not issue refunds during a shutdown.

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