The government shutdown could delay your tax refund

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As budget negotiations to reopen the government have stalled over President Donald Trump's demand for funding to build a border wall, the risk is growing that tax refunds could be delayed if furloughed IRS workers don't return to work.

"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".

Don't let the government shutdown fool you: You still have to file your taxes. We predict the shutdown might last a few weeks but based on the attached chart, our Government will be jeopardizing its own health if this is not resolved by February 16 or the government might indeed need a wall to protect itself from its in citizenry.

Tovey also says that it's important to take the same steps as usual in filing taxes, so that once the shutdown is lifted folks can have their money as soon as possible.

The IRS contingency plan said that 9,946 agency employees (12.5% of the IRS workforce) for FY 2019 are considered exempt and therefore authorized to remain working during a shutdown.

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If you need help, anyone who calls the IRS number in Fort Worth to make an appointment hears a message noting that "live telephone assistance is not available at this time".

The Daily Caller executive editor Vince Coglianese discusses how a partial government shutdown will impact the American people. As long as the government remains closed down, don't expect to get that money.

He says that the IRS can process tax returns during a shutdown, but it can't hand over tax refunds.

Lawless says taxpayers shouldn't procrastinate getting their returns filed because when refunds are issued, they'll be sent out in the order they were received.

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