Local News Should you file your taxes during the government shutdown?

Jonathan Ernst  Reuters FILEA view of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington D.C

While many Americans who rely on a refund to offset holiday costs or give them a beginning-of-the-year boost, President Donald Trump has said he will keep the government closed until Democrats agree to fund the border wall.

While refunds aren't being processed during the government shutdown, the IRS is taking payments.

While the IRS does conduct some business during shutdowns, it generally does not issue refunds, answer taxpayer questions outside the filing season or conduct audits. Only about 1 out of 8 IRS workers work during the shutdown.

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". By March 30, the IRS had paid $212 billion to 73 million households, so the longer the shutdown continues, the more potential it has to delay or disrupt tax refunds.

According to CNN, the IRS has yet to announce when people can begin submitting their tax returns, but "any gap in individuals not receiving money they're owed will put pressure on President Trump and lawmakers to strike a deal quickly".

In 2018, the earliest date taxes could be filed was January 29, and the start of tax season will once again be in January.

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During the current shutdown, the IRS has lost funding and is operating with about 12 percent of its employees according to a UBS bank investment research report.

The likelihood of this delay shouldn't stop you from filing early through.

First, tax refunds won't be issued.

When the government does re-open, when will people get their money? WSJ reported the IRS paid out $12.6 billion in refunds by February 2 of previous year.

The IRS directed ABC News to the lapsed contingency plan in response to further questions.

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