USA lawmaker seeks answers on shutdown's effect on tax filings

USA lawmaker seeks answers on shutdown's effect on tax filings

USA lawmaker seeks answers on shutdown's effect on tax filings

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".

With that in mind, should you wait to file your taxes? "The IRS still hasn't opened the filing season, so we continue to tell people to come in, get your documents together, get your W-2, your Schedule C information, and just come on in", Angrand said.

Taxpayers who file early in tax season may not receive their refunds in a timely manner because of the partial government shutdown that began on December 22, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Right now, there's no word on when the IRS workers may return to the office. Conveniently enough, the IRS is equipped to accept returns-they just can't issue refunds, according to the Detroit Free Press.

With a shutdown, the agency can process some tax returns that include payments and can keep their computer systems running and continue criminal investigations.

If anyone owes money to the government, it is still due by April 15.

If the federal government shutdown doesn't last too much longer (that is, if it ends in the next couple of weeks, before mid-January), there shouldn't be a noticeable effect on getting your tax refund or any other processing.

The Daily Caller executive editor Vince Coglianese discusses how a partial government shutdown will impact the American people. An analysis by UBS estimated an overall increase of $42 billion to $66 billion in tax refunds this year over 2017.

Looking back at a year ago, by February 2, 2018, the IRS had paid $12.6 billion in refunds to more than six million households. As the IRS's contingency plan noted, the law's implementation "requires creating or revising hundreds of tax products including worksheets and tax forms, form instructions and publications as well as changes to current IRS policies and procedures".

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