IRS refunds will go out during government shutdown

Good News Trump White House Says Government Shutdown Won't Impact Tax Refunds

But as the shutdown drags on, several government agencies that have traditionally been closed have reopened or reappropriated funds for necessary services.

The White House has directed the IRS to pay tax refunds to millions of people during the partial federal shutdown.

Trump had signaled to many White House officials in mid-December that he would back down from his threat to shut down parts of the government over his demand for border wall money, but he changed course two days before the lapse was due to begin.

Faced with the latest shutdown, the Treasury Department last week asked the current OMB general counsel to revisit the 2011 memo and a supplemental memo was submitted to OMB this past Friday.

As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns when filing season begins.

The Trump administration contradicted all Republican logic, reversed precedent set by previous administrations and may have broken the law by announcing that the Internal Revenue Service will not delay the running of your money because the IRS will issue tax refunds during the federal government shutdown.

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A similar address given by then-President Barack Obama in 2014 was not carried by most major networks, as Trump's was. It seems unlikely that the president said anything on Tuesday that will move the needle with the public at large.

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As the partial government shutdown heads into its third week, The Washington Post reports 38 million low-income Americans would face severe reductions to their food stamps if the shutdown continues into February.

"When I look in my tax software, which is professional tax software, there are many forms that haven't been finalized", said Steven Zelin, a CPA based in Manhattan. 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. A majority of returns are used to either boost savings or pay off debts.

With the White House announcement on refunds, "They're reversing a long-standing legal position", said Howard Gleckman, senior fellow and tax expert at the Urban Institute.

As the government shutdown continues some people are wondering how much longer it will last and if it will affect their tax return.

A lengthy stalemate would complicate this year's tax season, the first under the new law passed by Congress in 2017.

The agency announced Monday that tax filing season will begin January 28, when Americans get their W-2s from employers.

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