Tax refunds could be delayed due to government shutdown

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Published: Jan. 4, 2019 at 2:57 PM EST
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With the partial government shutdown entering its second full week, and tax season right around the corner, the halt could impact tax refunds if both chambers of Congress and President Trump can't reach a deal.

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

. And during shutdowns, the service typically doesn't perform audits, offer assistance to taxpayers, or pay refunds.

For early taxpayers, this could mean a delay in when they receive their refunds.

"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. "Families are going to be impacted economically. They barely make it month by month, so this is going to be a big issue."

If the impasse is resolved before mid-January, the traditional start of tax season, early tax filers may not feel a significant impact. However, if the halt continues, people won't get a refund until the government reopens.

On Friday afternoon, in a press conference at the White House Rose Garden, President Trump

that he is prepared to keep the government closed for months or even years if Democrats do not agree to provide funding for a border wall.

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."