Warner, Kaine press Trump over tax refund delays due to shutdown

Marco Green
January 10, 2019

The Trump administration said that the IRS will send out tax refunds, despite the partial government shutdown.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Russell Vought, the acting OMB director, told reporters, the administration is trying to make the government shutdown as "painless as possible consistent with the law".

Software companies and tax professionals will begin accepting and preparing tax returns before January 28 and will submit them when the IRS systems open later this month.

The decision will come as a relief to many taxpayers who file their taxes as soon as the filing season begins to claim their refund checks, which averaged $2,899 past year.

The policy change also removes a major political incentive for lawmakers and the White House to reach a deal in the coming weeks.

Interested in Government Shutdown? A delay in the announcement or opening of the tax filing season could adversely affect taxpayers and their ability to receive their tax refund on time.

For many taxpayers in the Mid-South, refunds represent the largest chunk of money they'll see all year.

Good news for people anxious the government shutdown would delay their tax refunds. So everyone is still on the hook to pay their federal income taxes, but those who overpaid don't know when they might expect their refunds. Administration officials have been looking for ways to ensure refunds could go through, even if President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats fail to resolve their dispute over whether to fund construction of a wall on the United States' southern border.

The IRS said it will recall a "significant portion" of its roughly 52,000 furloughed employees to work on tax returns. Additionally, a 1040 form has been reduced to the size of a postcard and is expected to draw questions as people file 2018 tax returns.

Americans will still get a tax refund this spring despite concerns that the ongoing partial government shutdown could disrupt that, an official told reporters on Monday.

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