The government shutdown could delay your tax refund

The government shutdown could delay your tax refund

And what if the government shutdown continues deep into tax season?

IRS offices are closed, tax questions are not being answered, and refunds to early-filers this year might not be issued on time if the shutdown drags on, financial experts say.

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The possibility of a lengthy stalemate could complicate this year's tax season, the first under the new law passed by Congress in 2017.

The Internal Revenue Service is one of the agencies impacted by the shutdown, and it's now operating with only 12.5 percent of its workforce, according to CNN.

"It does throw a little bit of wrench into things", said Kyle Pomerleau, economist at the Tax Foundation.

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Tax filing season usually begins in mid-January, and if the shutdown is resolved by then it may have little lasting impact on taxpayers.

"A lot of families rely on this income, so that's going to be the biggest issue", said Alejandra Pino, a tax preparer for Shining Accounting Services in Harrisonburg.

When the government does re-open, when will people get their money?

Those who owe taxes usually delay filing until the April 15 deadline, and wealthier taxpayers with more complicated returns often take an extension. "The IRS was still figuring that out".

In the meantime, some IRS employees are still working to implement the Republican tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which contained its own funding for two fiscal years. Live telephone assistance is not available at this time.

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. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible".

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