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

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

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

This year, tax filing season is expected to get an even bigger delay-thanks to the government shutdown.

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.

During a shutdown, the IRS typically doesn't perform audits, pay refunds or offer assistance to taxpayers if they have questions, especially outside of the filing season.

"According to sources there will be a delay on tax refunds due to government shutdown, we are all anticipating a quick resolution".

However: Several tax returns have been called "Necessary for the Safety of Human Life or Protection of Government Property".

A 16 day government shutdown in 2013 meant delays for more than $2.2 billions in tax refunds. According to the agency's contingency plan for lapsed appropriations, taxpayer refunds are one of the things that will be affected.

The possibility of a lengthy stalemate could complicate this year's tax season, the first under the new law passed by Congress in 2017. He said people can go ahead and file now but getting the return will likely be delayed until the IRS workers who process returns are able to get back to work and that could cause a lot of hardship on families who count on that money.

Receiving W-2s and other tax forms will not be impacted by the shutdown. Taxpayers can still file with TurboTax, she said, but the company will simply store their information until the government re-opens, at which point they will transmit it.

He said he's already had clients asking how the shutdown will impact their tax returns and when they should file their taxes.

The IRS normally begins accepting tax returns at the end of January, and early filers can see refunds hit their account as early as February.

Nearly 90 percent of the people who work for the Internal Revenue Service are not at their jobs because of the shutdown. "Normal operations will resume as soon as possible".

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