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Shutdown Means IRS Will Collect Your Taxes But Not Pay Refunds

Shutdown Means IRS Will Collect Your Taxes But Not Pay Refunds

If the shutdown continues through tax season, though, it could have a very serious impact indeed.

Even during a shutdown, the agency still processes some tax returns that include payments, keeps computer systems running and continues criminal investigations.

Currently, the IRS is operating with a skeleton staff although they are expected to add personnel for the impending tax filing season.

But those hoping that an IRS shutdown means a breather on their taxes will be disappointed.

While filing will begin in just a few weeks, those filling out their taxes will be unable to speak to someone if they have questions if the government is shut down.

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. He said some taxpayers were also going to see a delay so the government can make sure their documents aren't fraudulent.

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In addition, the agency received some two-year appropriations to implement the new tax law, so some activities related to the new law have been continuing, including updating technology and publications. 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. "I think people are wondering when this is going to end and how this affects the IRS's ability to process returns and process refunds".

And, more broadly, the remaining 12.5 percent of IRS employees still working are mostly those classified as serving "in the protection of life and property".

Angela Reed, a partner at Tarbell & Co., a CPA firm in Iowa, is trying to help a client who filed some nonprofit tax returns late. Greene-Lewis, and the other tax preparers interviewed for this article, said they had not heard from the IRS before the shutdown to tell them what to do.

An analysis by UBS estimated an overall increase of $42 billion to $66 billion in tax refunds this year over 2017, Business Insider previously reported.

Despite the shutdown, tax experts say you still need to do your taxes.


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